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Re: [TalkAntietam] Digest Number 404

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  • Bill and Glenna Jo Christen
    ... 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 4 8:50 AM
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      > From: <richard@...>
      > Subject: Re: Re: "At ease"
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      > 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
      vice presidents:

      "Gentlemen, please take your seats."

      "Gentlemen, please be seated."

      I think "as you were" would be a modern term.

      Bill
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