It is a word my Grandfather used to call Ulysses S. Grant whenever it came up in conversation. He would say, “That Grant, he was the only War Yankee Lincoln had that was worth anything.” Or if the topic shifted to Sherman, he would say, “Good thing Grant had that Old War Yankee on his side.”
I asked him once what he meant by “War Yankee” and told me, “it was a compliment — like calling a man a ‘war horse’ only a ‘war yankee’ IS a warhorse, only it’s war horse hiding inside a strong man.” This is why I named this podcast “War Yankee”. It is the standard that I want to hold myself to as well as making my Unionist point-of-view very clear from the beginning.
Because the Unionist point-of-view is an ideology that I was introduced to as a child and now fully embrace as a father, husband, veteran, and American. The War Yankee perspective goes way back in my family.