[ noun ] an American who lives in the North (especially during the American Civil War)
Used in print(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)
Yanks were equally adept at figurative expression .
A Yank , disturbed by his increasing corpulence , wrote : `` I am growing so fat I am a burden 2 myself '' .
Another Yank parodied the familiar bedtime prayer :
A Yank writing from Vicksburg , May 28 , 1863 , stated `` Not less_than 50 balls have passed_over me since I commenced writing .
Shortly after the beginning of Sherman 's Georgia campaign , an ailing Yank wrote his homefolk : `` The surgeon insisted on Sending me to the hospital for treatment .