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Noun1.lobsterback - British soldierlobsterback - British soldier; so-called because of his red coat (especially during the American Revolution)
soldier - an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"
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From the document's date, Fred gleaned that this was probably a chilly April morning when Lobsterbacks forded a river (here Fred reveals his shaky geographical knowledge -- "the James, the Charles?
The myth tells us that these American marksmen, skilled at shooting deer, now did the same to the hated British lobsterbacks.