U.H. Grant. See Grant, U.H.
Uncle A male slave, usually elderly. It was used with his first name, such as Uncle Joe.
Uncle Abe or Uncle Abraham Affectionate nicknames for President Abraham Lincoln. During his second presidential race in 1864, a popular book of quotations was Lincolniana; or, The Humors of Uncle Abe.
Uncle Billy A personal nickname given by his soldiers to Union Major General W.T.Sherman. He liked the name and continued to use it himself after the war, as in his speech on August 11, 1880, to Union veterans, in which he said “every soldier here today knows that Uncle Billy loves him as his own flesh and blood.” The men also called him “Old Billy” or just “Billy.” See also Billy.
Uncle Dick The nickname for Union Major General Richard J.Oglesby. He had been in the Mexican War and California Gold Rush before joining the Union army to lead divisions of the Army of the Tennessee. In 1862, he was wounded at Corinth, Mississippi. Oglesby, who was noted for his pleasant personality and keen wit, was later elected governor of Illinois and then a U.S.Senator.
Uncle George The nickname for Union Major General George Crook. He fought at Antietam in 1862 and in campaigns in Tennessee and the Shenandoah. Captured in 1865 in Maryland, he was later exchanged and commanded the cavalry of the Army of the Potomac. Four years before the war, Crook had survived a poisoned arrow taken while fighting Indians; he returned to Indian fighting after the war and achieved more success than any other former Union soldier, including George Armstrong Custer. The Indians called him “Gray Fox.”
Uncle Gideon A nickname for Gideon Welles, President Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of the navy, who took the office at the age of 60. A former Democrat, Gideon had previously published the Hartford Times of Connecticut, and Lincoln enjoyed teasing him for not knowing a ship’s bow from its stern. See also “Father Neptune.”
Uncle Joe An affectionate nickname for Confederate General Joseph E.Johnston. See “The Yellow Rose of Texas.”