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Why do the drunken horseback riders call Matt and Bill "Copperheads"?

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scottersbabya... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 16, 2007 at 11:11 AM via web

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Why do the drunken horseback riders call Matt and Bill "Copperheads"?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 7, 2007 at 11:47 AM (Answer #1)

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"Copperheads" was the derogatory slang term for a Northern person with Southern, anti-Union sympathies

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 7, 2007 at 4:24 PM (Answer #2)

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From the Union state of Illinois, young Bill Creighton makes the difficult decision to go and fight for the Confederacy, despite the fact that his brothers are fighting for the Union. Father Matt Creighton will not condemn him. The drunken horsemen leave a message in Chapter 6, emphasizing their feelings towards Northerners with Southern sympathies, those they call "Copperheads" - "Theres trubel fer fokes that stands up fer there reb loving sons."

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