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- (archaic, regional, informal) secessionist, a supporter of the Confederacy during the United States Civil War.
1864, William T. Sherman, The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Vol. II., Part 4:
- This is true, for Mrs. Sherman has an idea that St. Louis is unhealthy for our children, and because most of the Catholics here are tainted with the old secesh feeling.
1864, Oliver Optic, The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army:
- But he was mistaken; for as the current swept the bateau around the bend of the river, he discovered, to his astonishment and chagrin, the two secesh soldiers, who had left the picket post some time before, standing at convenient distances from each other and from the shore, in the water, ready to rescue him from the fate before him.