I agree. Thank you for the explanation. I usually use the term US, Union or Federal troops. To someone that I feel confortable with, you, Cump, BB, or Mike Gerow I will say Yankee, of course in such an exchange I have no problem with Rebel. In such exchanges I think both sides take a certain amount of pride in either term.
Now can you tell me where the term "Yankee" orginated? How did it come to be a term for the Union forces in the WBTS??? I did a search of the term and found so many answers I do not what to believe.