1532Re: "At ease"
- Aug 3, 2004
> From: <richard@...>Richard,
> Was "at ease" a command in 1862? If not -- what would have been it's
I do not believe it was a textbook "command. I have not come across it in any
drill manuals that I have studied.
I believe that the command "Rest" would have been used in a military formation.
Was it used in a conversational situation, such as an soldier appearing before
a superior officer in an office setting? That, I am not sure because we do not
have much in the way of primary source documentation on normal dialogue except
theatrical military "personations."
I did not find any "at ease" expression in my slang dictionaries, and the word
"ease" in the eighteenth and nineteenth century had more worldly nuances.
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