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Glossary - Dictionary for the Civil War Diary

cholera:
an acute disorder of the digestive tract, marked by diahrrhea, vomiting and cramps
Corn pone:
corn bread, esp. of a plain or simple kind
dead line:
at Andersonville prison this term meant a line across which prisoners would be shot
hardtack:
a kind of hard biscuit much used by sailors and soldiers (f hard + tack taste)
haversack:
a soldier's bag for rations
knapsack:
a leather or canvas case for clothes and the like, carried on the back especially by soldiers
paroled:
sent home under an agreement not to fight again until the other side received an equaly number of parolees
pike:
a hill or mountain with a pointed summit
raider:
a group of Union soldier prisoners who were theives at the Andersonville prison. they had murdered some of the prisoners by the Great-grandfather's account (see page 105). Seventy five of these men were tried by a jury of fellow prisoners (12 sergeants)
regiment:
organized by the governeors fo their state and grouped by region. Consisted of 10 companies of approximately 100 men each: 1000 men
scantling:
a timber of comparatively small cross-section
unbolted:
not sifted through a cloth or sieve
vidette or vedette post:
a mounted sentry in advance of the outposts of an army or in the case of Harmon Anderson probably the vedette boat, a small naval launch used for scouting

 

 

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