> From: <richard@...>
> Subject: Re: Re: "At ease"
> It's a council of war. A room full of generals (division and corps
> commanders) are sitting around awaiting the arrival of the Commanding
> General of the Army of the Potomac (in this case, Ambrose Burnside).
> Burnside enters the room and they all come to attention. What would
> Burnside say? In modern terms it would be "as you were."
This is just a guess (after a checking with my wife who is a period etiquette
buff). I assumed a situation where the President of a railroad is talking to his
"Gentlemen, please take your seats."
"Gentlemen, please be seated."
I think "as you were" would be a modern term.