That’s an easy one, and I’d guess most of TOCWOC’s readers either a) know the story of this derisive nickname Virginians gave to North Carolina’s soldiers during the war or b) deduced it was North Carolina due to the University of North Carolina’s Tarheel moniker. This topic came up recently when TOCWOC reader Wayne sent in the following message via the Contact Us form:
My father recently visired the Confederate Museum in Va. and he saw a listing for nicknames of the troops from different states. i.e. Fl. Gophers, Ga. Goobers S.C. Tarheels. There was a long list of these and I was wondering if you had them also? He really liked them and wants the complete list. If you could help or send a link I would be very greatful. Thanks and have a great day!
Now while I’ve heard the Tarheels story about North Carolina’s troops numerous times, I didn’t realize a lot of soldiers hailing from other Confederate states had nicknames as well. Some are probably obvious, such as “Volunteers” for Tennessee, but I really don’t have a good answer for Wayne’s question. So TOCWOC readers, let’s see what kind of knowledge you have on this subject. What were some common nicknames for soldiers from various states?
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