Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In Case You're Wondering About "Secesh"

In the last entry, George Hovey Cadman referred to the southerners at the ball he went to as "Secesh."

This is not a common tern anymore.  Back when I was teaching, another teacher came to me with a letter from the Civil War written by one of her relatives on the Northern side during the Civil War.  It mentioned "Secesh" and she wanted to know what it meant.  I told her it referred to Southerners (Confederates, rebels).

The Southern states wanted to secede from the Union.  The act was called secession and the slang word "Secesh" grew out of it.

That is also my sign-off name.

In Case You're Wondering.  --Old Secesh

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