_Eboshin_: a "new" word?
Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Fri Oct 19 03:44:19 UTC 2012
On 10/18/2012 11:25 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> Date: March 28, 1859
> Location: Alabama Paper: Daily Confederation
> Thirteen congressional electors, fifty senatorial electors, and three
> hundred and sixty county electors have been notified to hold
> themselves in readiness to repel the Dragoon of Rockbridge. Botts too,
> will dash to the rescue at the head of a noble band of "Molungeons and
> _Eboshins_" as soon as the weather becomes sufficiently warm to render
> his odoriferous forces efficient.
> The Southern literary messenger - Vol. XXX. New Series, VOL. IX -
> January to July, 1860 - Page 224
> "Klutz" [Edgar Allan Poe] - Mr. Hobgobb - Pages 222 - 225
> "Avaunt! thou _Eboshin_, avauntl" I exclaimed, aiming a felonious kick
> at Joe, which, had it reached him, would inevitably have exalted that
> lowly coloured youth through, and far above the roof; a kick, by the
> lord! that I could have bestowed with all my heart, and mind, and
> soul, and strength, upon Hobgobb.
> After the war: a southern tour: May 1, 1865, to May 1, 1866 - Page 424
> Whitelaw Reid - 1866
> And a Vicksburg paper spoke its views thus : " If any radical was ever
> black enough to suppose the people of Mississippi would endow negro
> schools, for their ilk to teach the rising _eboshin_ hatred of his
> former master, but his best friend, then such chaps had better take to
> marching on with John Brown's soul …"
> Also spelled _ebo-shin_
> The New York Times - October 21, 1856 n.p.
> "The great object of the Virginia Isaiah is to lead his _ebo-shin_
> property on a pilgrimage to Southern California, and to raise the
> price of slaves to five thousand dollars."
> Perhaps also of interest:
"Melungeon" was discussed a little on this list a few years ago.
As for "ebo-shin", it was unfamiliar to me until a few minutes ago. I
note that there are various instances of "ebon shin" in similar (or
identical) contexts from way back when.
-- Doug Wilson
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