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Robinson Crusoe was a slang term used by U.S. Army soldiers near the end of the Second Great War. It refered to fellow soldiers who had escaped from Confederate P.O.W. camps but were stuck behind enemy lines, usually with black guerrillas, for literally years. The reference is to an early 18th century British novel by Daniel Defoe whose title character, Robinson Crusoe, was shipwrecked and cut off from civilization for decades.

When Spartacus' band made contact with advancing U.S. forces, the soldiers referred to Jonathan Moss and Nick Cantarella as Robinson Crusoes or Crusoes for short.

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