"The last war fought between gentlemen"

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Jun 22 12:27:20 UTC 2012

There's this remarkable statement from the clueless pen of another Englishman:

<<  I never heard of any ill-feeling between the North and South after your Civil War; but that was the cleanest and most humane war ever fought--a war between gentlemen.  >>

>From Thomas Russell, "Preparations for Peace in England," _Printers' Ink_ 104, no. 6 (8 Aug. 1918): 118.


From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Stephen Goranson [goranson at DUKE.EDU]
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 7:13 AM

"Sir Winston Churchill said it was the last great war between gentlemen." No source given. p. 7
         Street, James H. (James Howell), 1903-1954.
Title    The Civil War; an unvarnished account of the late but still lively hostilities. As told by James Street; illustrated by John Alan Maxwell.
Published       New York, Dial Press [1953]

Stephen Goranson

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Jonathan Lighter [wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2012 3:32 PM
Subject: [ADS-L] "The last war fought between gentlemen"

That's how Winston Churchill allegedly characterized the American Civil
War.  Some smart guys predictably say "among" instead of "between," and a
few people seem to say "by."

I can't find any evidence, beyond the bald assertion, that Churchill ever
said anything of the sort. Why would he? He was no dope.

GB takes the quote back to 1955.

Over to you, Garson.


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