Hi there! Sorry for the long absence. I've been busy with dissertation research. I also presented my first conference paper at the 3rd Annual Society of Appalachian Historians in Morgantown, WV. Titled "Localism, Occupation and the Civil War in Kanawha County, West(ern) Virginia, 1861-1865," I argued that western Virginians interpreted federal and state laws on emancipation and the status of secessionists according to antebellum local tendencies. It was well-received by the audience, even though I thought that I spoke too quickly. I could get used to this conference thing.
Here's an article from the Fairmont National of August 12, 1865:
Alphabetical Record of the Rebellion:
A - Stands for Andersonville, the ghastly monument of the most revolting outrage of the century.
B - Stands for Booth, let his name be swallowed up in oblivion.
C - Stands for Canada, the Asylum of the skedaddlers and the nest in which traitors hatched their eggs of treason.
D- Stands for Davis, the most eminent low comedian, in the female character, of the age.
E - Stands for England, an enemy in our adversity, a sycophant in our prosperity (Music by the band, air Yankee Doodle.)
F - Stands for Freedom, the bulwark of the nation.
G - Stands for Grant, the undertaker who officiated at the burial of the rebellion.
H - Stands for Hardee, his tactics wouldn't save him.
I - Stands for infamy, the spirit of treason.
J - Stands for Justice, give it to traitors.
K - Stands for Kearsage, for further particulars see Winslow's Soothing Syrup
L - stands for Lincoln, we mourn his loss.
M - Stands for Mason (more music by the band, air, "There came to the beach, &c.)
N - Stands for No where, the present location of the C. S. A.
O - Stands for "O dear, what can the matter be?" for an answer to this question apply to Kirby Smith.
P - Stands for Peace, nobly won by the gallant soldiers of the Union.
Q - Stands for Quantrell, one of the Gorillas in the rebel menagerie.
R - Stands for Rebellion, which is no longer able to stand for itself.
S - Stands for Sherman, he has a friend and vindicator in Grant.
T - Stands for Treason, with a halter around its neck.
U - Stands for Union, "now and forever, one and inseparable."
V - Stands for Victory, further explanation is unnecessary.
W - Stands for Washington, the nation is true to his memory.
X - Stands for Xtradition, English papers please copy.
Y - Stands for Young America, who stands for the Union.
Z - Stands for Zodiac, the stars are all there. (Music by the band - The Star Spangled Banner, O long may it wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.)
The mid-19th Century had a way with words.