A little later dozens of fires would be crackling in the trenches, with dixies upon them full of stew or tea.
Two of our men went, one dark night, to get some hot tea in dixies.
A canvas bath had been rigged up, and each Company took it in turn to bathe, the water being fetched by the cooks in dixies.
It was not long before a party of soldiers appeared carrying two dixies of soup, a plateful of which was handed up.
The company system was therefore reverted to, and the dixies brought into use in kitchens constructed outside the trenches.
They would fetch the char and bacon from the field kitchen in the morning and clean up the "dixies" after breakfast.
The cook recovered to find himself among his dixies, frizzling pleasantly and browning nicely in certain parts.
We halted about seven in the morning to feed and water the horses and make tea for the men in their dixies or oval camp kettles.
There were not enough "dixies" for us all to have stew the same day.
The dixies were then taken forward and the meal served out in equal shares according to the numbers to be provided for.
1859, first attested in the song of that name, which was popularized, if not written, by Ohio-born U.S. minstrel musician and songwriter Dan Emmett (1815-1904); perhaps a reference to the Mason-Dixon Line, but there are other well-publicized theories dating back to the Civil War. Popularized nationwide in minstrel shows. Dixieland style of jazz developed in New Orleans c.1910, so called from 1919.
An American song of the nineteenth century. It was used to build enthusiasm for the South during the Civil War and still is treated this way in the southern states. It was written for use in the theater by a northerner, Daniel Decatur Emmett. As usually sung today, “Dixie” begins:
I wish I was in the land of cotton;
Old times there are not forgotten:
Look away! Look away! Look away! Dixie Land.
: a Dixie drawl
The southern United States
[1980s+; origin obscure; perhaps because the region is south of the Mason-Dixon line]