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Civil War vocabulary

TermDefinition
Sectionalism an exaggerated devotion to the interest of a region.
Fugitive running away or moving from place to place.
Secede to withdraw from an organization.
Abstain to choose not to do or have something.
Popular Sovereignty a doctrine in political theory that government is created by and subject to the will of the people.
Border ruffians one of a group of proslavery Missourians during the period from 1854 until the beginning of the Civil War who used to cross the border into Kansas to vote illegally, make raids, and intimidate the antislavery settlers
Arsenal an establishment for the manufacture or storage of arms and military equipment.
Secession withdrawal into privacy or solitude.
States rights all rights not vested by the U.S. Constitution in the federal government nor forbidden by it to the separate states.
Border state a state (such as Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, or Missouri) bordering on an antislavery state and favoring slavery before the Civil War.
Blockade Block out, obstruct.
Offensive of, relating to, or designed for attack.
Rebel opposing or taking arms against a government or ruler.
Yankee a native or inhabitant of the northern U.S.
Blockade runner a ship or person that runs through a blockade.
Ironclad having no obvious weakness.
Casualty a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action.
Emancipate to free from restraint, control, or the power of another; especially : to free from bondage.
Ratify to approve and sanction formally.
Habeas Corpus the right of a citizen to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as a protection against illegal imprisonment
Draft an act or process of selecting an individual (as for political candidacy) without the individual's expressed consent
Bounty a payment for the capture of or assistance in the capture of an outlaw.
Greenback a legal-tender note issued by the U.S. government
Inflation a continuing rise in the general price level usually attributed to an increase in the volume of money and credit relative to available goods and services
Entrenched to dig or occupy a trench for defensive purposes.
Total war a war that is unrestricted in terms of the weapons used, the territory or combatants involved, or the objectives pursued, especially one in which the laws of war are disregarded.