Faber No. 2 A popular brand of pencil, especially favored by northern journalists covering the war.
face the music This expression, still meaning to face up to unpleasant consequences or punishment, was coined in the U.S. about a decade before the war. It has been associated with “THE ROGUE’S MARCH,” which was used to drum a soldier out of the service.
facing Trimming on a uniform, as on the collar and cuffs. The style was prescribed, but officers were often inventive, especially in the war’s early days.
fagged out A slang term for being fatigued or worn out; e.g., “How could Old Pap march us all night and not expect everyone to be fagged out?”
falderal or folderol 1. Complete nonsense, especially foolish talk or ideas; e.g., “The war was lost, but President Davis was still full of falderal about saving the cause.” 2. A trinket or trifle; e.g., “His sister gave paper flowers and other folderols to soldiers at the hospital.”
fallen angel A euphemism for a prostitute. In 1863, the Washington Star estimated that central Washington, D.C., had about 5,000 prostitutes, with half as many more in Georgetown and Alexandria. See also clap; daughter of Eve; drab; fancy girl; fast house; gay young duck; “The Haystack”; “Hooker’s Division”; “Madam Russell’s Bake Oven”; parlor house; ranch; The Wolf’s Dream.
fallen into his last sleep A romantic euphemism for “died.” See also gone home; gone up.
Falls City The nickname for Louisville, Kentucky, which was a major Union army headquarters and supply depot throughout the war. The name refers to the city’s location by the waterfall of the Ohio River.
fancy A special photograph that was not the usual picture of a family member. These included photos of beautiful women, actors, outdoor scenes, and biblical and allegorical poses. Fancies were usually put on the last pages of photo albums.
fancy girl A euphemism for a prostitute. See also fallen angel. See also clap; daughter of Eve; drab; fallen angel; fast house; gay young duck; “The Haystack”; “Hooker’s Division”; “Madam Russell’s Bake Oven”; parlor house; ranch; The Wolf’s Dream.