COPPERHEADS , an
See also:political epithet, applied by Union men during the
See also:Civil War to those men in the
See also:North who, deeming it impossible to conquer the Confederacy, were earnestly in favour of peace and therefore opposed to the war policy of the
See also:president and of Congress . Such men were not necessarily friends of the Confederate cause . The
See also:term originated in the autumn of 1862, and its use quickly spread throughout the North . In the Western states early in 1863 the terms " Copperhead " and " Democrat " had become practically synonymous .. The name was adopted because of the fancied resemblance of the peace party to the venomous copperhead snake, and, though applied as a term of opprobrium, it was willingly assumed by those upon whom it was bestowed .
COPPERAS (Fr. couperose; Lat. cupri rosa. the flowe...
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