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DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2018 9:16 p.m. PST

Reading this recently link

A collection of unit nicknames from the American Civil War

Below are a small number of the ones mentioned – what are your top 5?

My list of favorites include:

Odin's Rifles
Stonewall Brigade
Lightning Brigade
Opdycke's Tigers
Excelsior Brigade
Orphan Brigade
Tallapoosa Thrashers
Baker Fire Eaters
Southern Avengers
Chickasaw Desperadoes
Lexington Wild Cats
and of course the Iron Brigade

Jakar Nilson05 Jul 2018 9:33 p.m. PST

The Charging Idiots, or whatever the 22nd Union cavalry regiment under Cpt. Stark was called.

Desert Fox05 Jul 2018 9:57 p.m. PST

Iron brigade
Irish brigade
Louisiana Tigers

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2018 2:22 a.m. PST

Iron Brigade & Irish Brigade

BW195906 Jul 2018 3:40 a.m. PST

Gibraltar Bde
Irish Bde
Iron Bde
Ohio Bde

redbanner414506 Jul 2018 6:38 a.m. PST


Choctaw06 Jul 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

Hood's Texas Brigade.

Garde de Paris Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2018 2:40 p.m. PST

THE PHILALPHIA BRIGADE: For a very brief time, I "soldiered" with the 69th Pennsylvania, re-enactors. It was one of 4 regiments at Gettysburg of the original "California" regiments, raised in Philadelphia. It was defending Cemetery Ridge with Cushing's Battery. The 72nd of this brigade has a specific Zouave-inspired (Dark blue cutaway jacket; sky blue "balloon" trousers with leggings) uniform depicted in the statue in this Wikipedia article:


Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2018 5:57 p.m. PST

The Lightning Brigade above all others. A fitting name for a Brigade that characterized the speed and firepower of blitzkrieg.

MSU John07 Jul 2018 4:49 a.m. PST

Orphan, Stonewall. Irish, Lightning, Iron

AICUSV08 Jul 2018 7:33 p.m. PST

I too like the Philadelphia Brigade 69th, 71st,72nd, 106th PVI.
Favorite regiment nick name was one from New Jersey ( I've forgotten the number, which I understand that Jersey numbered their regiments based upon the exit of the Garden State Parkway they came from), the "Yahoo Regiment".

KeithRK10 Jul 2018 8:46 a.m. PST

The Mule Brigade at The Battle of Wauhatchie.

xanthippus Inactive Member05 Aug 2018 2:44 p.m. PST

The Black Hat Brigade, because it was given by the enemy

Trajanus06 Aug 2018 1:40 a.m. PST

Aren't Lexington Wild Cats a High School Footbat Team?

donlowry06 Aug 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

Surprised no one has mentioned Benning's Rock Brigade.

donlowry06 Aug 2018 8:55 a.m. PST

The Mule Brigade at The Battle of Wauhatchie.

Given the brevet rank of horses for their gallant charge! (Too bad it never really happened.)

KeithRK06 Aug 2018 10:58 a.m. PST

They have their own poem!

The Charge of the Mule Brigade

Half a mile, half a mile,
Half a mile onward,
Right through the Georgia troops
Broke the two hundred.
"Forward the Mule Brigade!
Charge for the Rebs," they neighed.
Straight for the Georgia troops
Broke the two hundred.

"Forward the Mule Brigade!"
Was there a mule dismayed?
Not when their long ears felt
All their ropes sundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to make Rebs fly.
On! to the Georgia troops
Broke the two hundred.

Mules to the right of them,
Mules to the left of them,
Mules behind them
Pawed, neighed, and thundered.
Breaking their own confines
Breaking through Longstreet's lines
Into the Georgia troops
Stormed the two hundred.

Wild all their eyes did glare,
Whisked all their tails in air
Scattering the chivalry there,
While all the world wondered.
Not a mule back bestraddled,
Yet how they all skedaddled --
Fled every Georgian,
Unsabred, unsaddled,
Scattered and sundered!
How they were routed there
By the two hundred!

Mules to the right of them,
Mules to the left of them,
Mules behind them
Pawed, neighed, and thundered;
Followed by hoof and head
Full many a hero fled,
Fain in the last ditch dead,
Back from an ass's jaw
All that was left of them, --
Left by the two hundred.

When can their glory fade?
Oh, what a wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made!
Honor the Mule Brigade,
Long-eared two hundred!

Stephen Miller06 Aug 2018 12:28 p.m. PST

Iron Brigade
Irish Brigade
Stonewall Brigade
Lightning Brigade

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2018 2:24 p.m. PST

Here are some regimental and company nick names.

"Swamphogs" 19th Indiana Infantry
"Mozart Regiment" 40th New York Infantry
"Scandinavian Regiment" 15th Wisconsin Infantry
"Louisiana Tigers"
"Terry's Texas Rangers"
"Canebrake Rifle Guards" D Company, 4th Alabama Infantry
"Laurel Regiment" 7th Virginia Cavalry
"Walker Guards"
"White's Tiger Rifles"
"Delta Rangers"
"University Greys"
"Walker's Greyhounds"
"Poundcake Regiment" 5th Georgia Infantry
"Southern Rifles" Co. D 3rd Alabama Infantry
"Huckleberries", aka "Hungry Seventh" 7th Wisconsin Infantry
"Magnolia Regiment" of Alabama

CSherrange09 Aug 2018 4:46 a.m. PST

Excelsior Brigade
Philadelphia Brigade
Iron Brigade
Louisiana Tigers
Irish Brigade

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