"The last war fought between gentlemen"

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 22 21:49:32 UTC 2012

Jon: You probably saw the GB match for your query text in Reader's
Digest with a GB year of 1955. Reader's Digest is a key propagator of
quotes. GB does not specify the month. But there is a high probability
that the match falls within a reprint of the Saturday Review article.

Periodical: The Reader's Digest
Date: April 1955
Volume: 66
Article: Appomattox: Epic Surrender by Virginius Dabney. (Saturday Review)
Start Page: 131
Quote GB Match Page: 131
Data from Reader's Digest cover on Ebay.

On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 5:22 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: "The last war fought between gentlemen"
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> There seem to be no 19th C. exx. of the phr. "war between gentlemen."
> Back then the assumption was that all commissioned officers were gentlemen
> by definition and all enlisted men were, well, farm boys and (except during
> said American Civil War) losers and ne'er-do-wells.
> JL

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