Special Report

The Greatest War Time Speeches in History

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Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 19, 1863
> War: American Civil War

“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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Colonel Charles E. Stanton, July 4, 1917
> War: World War I

“LAFAYETTE, WE ARE HERE.”

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Robert E. Lee, Dec. 13, 1862
> War: American Civil War

“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”

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Gen. Douglas McCarther, May 1942
> War: World War II

“I shall return.”

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Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, December 1941
> War: World War II

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

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