Robert Bradley of the Alabama Department of Archives and History gave a wonderful talk last week, as I mentioned in my Jan 21 blog. He shared with us a compilation of names that have been used to describe the 1861-65 War. He found this information in Merton E. Coulter’s “A Name for the American War of 1861” (Georgia Historical Quarterly 36, June 1952,).
The article gave an interesting overview of how people referred to the conflict, from contemporary soldiers and officers, through the post-war period and into the twentieth century. It all depends on your point of view, doesn’t it?
Here are some of them: The Civil War, The Civil War in America, The American Civil War, The War for Secession, The War of the Confederates, The Confederate War, The Brother’s War, The War for Southern Independence, The War of the North Against the South, and Mr. Bradley’s personal favorite,
The War to Suppress Yankee Arrogance!
There were many others but I will close with The Late Unpleasantness, The War for Separation, The Yankee Invasion, The Old Confederate War, The Lost Cause, and finally, THE WAR.
Maybe you have a favorite not listed here. If so, please share it with us by making a comment!!!