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Civil War Slang Terms & Their Meanings

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When did a soldier first ''see the elephant''?

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1. A soldier who was grabbing a root was likely to have what for dinner?

2. Which of the following was NOT a Union expression for a Confederate soldier?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Complete the worksheet and quiz to assess your knowledge of Civil War slang terms. Question topics include what it meant when a soldier first 'saw the elephant' and what a solider was eating when 'grabbing a root.'

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the quiz to see how much you know about:

  • Why escaped slaves were called 'contraband'
  • Union expressions for a Confederate soldier
  • Food a soldier would eat when 'grabbing a root'
  • What could happen when soldiers would see the 'sawbones'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on Civil War slang terms
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about what would likely happen to soldiers who saw the sawbones
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why escaped slaves were called contraband and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Learn more by accessing the corresponding lesson called Civil War Slang Terms & Their Meanings. This lesson helps you:

  • Determine what 'bad egg' referred to during the Civil War
  • Review terms for various Civil War objects
  • See what the Confederates called Union soldiers
  • Learn the origin for phrases like 'fit to be tied' and 'heard through the grapevine'
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