Blue and Gray

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BLUE AND GRAY, familiar names for the armies of the North and the South, respectively, during the Civil War, derived from the fact that the Union Army wore blue uniforms, while the Confederates wore gray. As sectional hatred died, these terms superseded some of the more derogatory names of the nineteenth century.


McPherson, James M. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Vol. 6 of The Oxford History of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Fred B.Joyner/f. b.

See alsoArmy, Confederate ; Army, Union .