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Joshes, Jakes and Chubs

Arkansas troops and their fellow Trans-Mississippi pards serving in the Western Theater had a habit of calling each other by the nicknames "Chubs" (Texans), "Joshes" (Arkansans) and "Jakes" (Missourians). Seems to have only been prevalent in the Army of Tennessee, never heard of it being done by troops in the Trans-Mississippi Theater. I have 7 pages of references from letters and books of the nicknames, but none of them point to the origin or the reason why these nicknames were given? The specific Brigades mentioned are McNair's Arkansas, Ector's Texas and Cockrells's Missouri Brigades. Can anyone help me figure out the origin or reasoning behind the nicknames?

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