This Yahoo user has created a series of lists that serve as a dictionary for Civil War lingo. As you’d expect, there’s some fun to be found in here.
Multiform. A ragged uniform. A sarcastic term used by tattered Confederate soldiers.
News walkers. Soldiers who, on their own initiative, carried news from campfire to campfire.
Stray. A Union soldiers’ tongue-in-cheek term for a domestic hog or fowl that they had stolen.