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 Posted: Sun Dec 7th, 2008 11:40 pm
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I've always been interested in how brigades and regiments on both sides of the Civil War got their "nicknames," and why some (many) never were tagged with any names, just their numbers.

There's the Iron Brigade, of course, and the Bucktails, and I've always been partial to the 151 PA "School Teacher's Regiment" since I'm a teacher. I'm interested in other "nicknamed" units and how they got their nicknames, the stories behind them. I've always wondered if any of them got their nicknames in a negative way, and if any nicknamed themselves. And I'm not really familiar with many Western Theater units' nicknames.

Any thoughts? Any favorites?

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Stone's Brigade - Bogus Bucktails
40th NY - Mozart Regiment
Missed the 12th NJ on the exam - Buck and Ball
Lee's Tigers, of course
School teachers regiment had 113 teachers in it

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my gx5 grandpa was in the Rockingham Raider's which was made up of Co. D 5th Calvary Regiment (later changed to the 63rd) and Co. K 3rd Volunteers (later changed to 13th Regiment). my gx5 grandpa was in Co. K.

i had a friend look him up on ancestry and thats how i found out most of the info i have on him, but then my grandma gave me a newspaper a few weeks ago from 1988, which marked a 100 years since our newspaper had been started and i found out that the company had been the 3rd, before it was changed to the 13th, and i found out the nickname for the regiment and all the battles that my gx5 grandpa's company had fought in.



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Damn red legged devils - 84th NY (14th Brooklyn)



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This site ought to provide some interesting reading:

http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/nicknames.regts.htm

From that chart, I'm partial to the 3rd Colorado Cavalry "Bloodless Third," because who ever saw a dead cavalryman anyway?

And, of course, the 8th Michigan, the "Wandering Regiment." Hmm.

And the 104th Ohio — "The Barking Dog Regiment." Double Hmm.

The 5th New Hamphire was also the "Bloodless Fifth," but they were also the Shoemakers Regiment. Draw your own conclusions.



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"Crazy Delawares" - 2nd Delaware Vol. Infantry
Sobriquet hung on them by non other than Gen. Geo. McClellan at Antietam.



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Pvt

Haven't heard the monicker for one of my ancestors 5th NH. They and the rest of Cross's Brigade did a really standup job in the Wheatfield/Houcks ridge July 2. Interestingly was there Saturday. Erry, when there's no one there as it was last Saturday.

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21st OVI-The Black Swamp Boys

So called as the members came from NW Ohio where most of the land was in the Great Balck Swamp.   Had 3 ancestors in the  21st OVI.



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Doc,

I found this on a history of the 5th New Hampshire Volunteers Web site:

"The first encounter with the enemy was on March 13, 1862 at Rappahannock Station. Men of the Fifth got no more opportunity then to fire a few parting shots at the withdrawing Rebel forces and suffered no casualties. This would be the first and only time in it's history that the regiment sustained no losses in combat and it's ironic that they would become known as the "Bloodless Fifth".

That explains the misleading 'Bloodless Fifth' nickname, but I couldn't find out anything about shoemakers.

http://fifthnhvol.org/history/history01.htm



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Dan River Raiders



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The 5th Georgia Infantry were known as the Poundcake Regiment.

Last edited on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 07:54 pm by The Iron Duke



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Iron Duke,

This came from a 5th Georgia Web site:

"The regiment's first posting (September - October 1861) was to Pensacola, Florida. While in Pensacola the regiment was introduced to army life and the school of the soldier by General Braxton Bragg. The ten companies of the regiment were all raised from towns and cities and were thus well equipped and nicely uniformed. The fact that no two companies were dressed alike earned them the title "Pound Cake Regiment".'



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1st ky brigade=the Orphan Brigade

Got their name from the fact the state of kentucky did not formally join the southern cause and leave the union. Thus, they became Orphans. Like so many units that mustered, originally under the belief they were to become cavalry. This did not occurr untill the very end of the war, because they were one of the outstanding infantry units in the western theater (thier own prowess as infantry hurt them in their cause to become what they wanted to be-cavalry).



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The 14th Brooklyn, also called the 14th Regiment New York State Militia were nickamed "The Red Legged Devils" becuase during the First Battle of Bull Run, the 14th charged at Jackson's brigade again and again and after several charges Jackson said to his men, "Hold On Boys, here come those red legged devils again!"



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o sorry i didnt realize the 14th was already posted



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Great Granddad was in the 105th Pennsylvania volunteers Company I . "The Wildcats" mustered in Brookville Pa, Jefferson County. I haven't heard where the name originated ,but it is better than the Pussy cats.



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Chicago's Irish Legion, usually just "The Legion," was the 90th Illinois in which 7 out of 10 of the officers and men were born in Ireland.



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Chicago Merchantile Battery - fought at Champion Hill, Vicksburg, Red River Campaign (many were captured during these engagements in La and marched to Camp Ford in Tyler, Tx.

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http://www.bitsofblueandgray.com/nicknames.regts.htm   Check this website out for nicknames . 



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