Noah Webster 1828 Definition: Generally lean to that when hearken back. Glad to see you take interest. Written words mean what they menat at the time of writing.
Hessians: Top notch army for hire haled out of Southern Germany, circa 1776. Less mercenary; more professional. Your words are on target. Currently, reports of German enforcers may be an exaggeration. Maybe not.
Century as I knew it: Circa 1861. Mississippi River boats commandeered by the army. What a nautical mess. I high tailed out West.
Circa 1913: For you youngens, I write for you with perspective from 1913 forward. Why? Because your perspective will carry history forward.
Republic & Confederacy: This combination suits me most ways. Robert E. Lee quotes make points necessary with minimum reading.
Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul ☑