[ noun ] (informal) `johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `grayback' derived from their gray Confederate uniforms
Used in print(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)
A Reb stationed near Petersburg informed his mother : `` I need not tell you that I dodge pretty often , for you can see that very plainly by the blots in this letter .
Another Reb writing under similar circumstances before Atlanta reported : `` The Yankees keep Shooting so I am afraid they will knock_over my ink , so I will close '' .
Rebs who owned slaves occasionally would include in their letters admonitions or greetings to members of the Negro community .
The attitudes which the Rebs and Yanks took toward each other were very_much the same and ranged over the same gamut of feeling , from friendliness to extreme hatred .
The Rebs were , to a Massachusetts corporal , `` fighting madmen or not men at_all but whiskey + gunpowder put into a human frame '' .