Charles E. Stanton

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Charles E. Stanton
Born 1859 (1859)
United States of America
Died 1933 (1934)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service ?-1933
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars World War I

Charles E. Stanton was a Colonel in the United States Army during World War I, and as chief disbursing officer an aide to General John J. Pershing. Stanton was the nephew of Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton.[1]

Lafayette Quote[edit]

On July 4, 1917 Stanton visited the tomb of French Revolution and American Revolution hero Marquis de La Fayette and (according to Pershing) said, "Lafayette, we are here!" to honor the nobleman's assistance during the Revolutionary War. The famous quote is often misattributed to Pershing.[2]

In context, he said:

America has joined forces with the Allied Powers, and what we have of blood and treasure are yours. Therefore it is that with loving pride we drape the colors in tribute of respect to this citizen of your great republic. And here and now, in the presence of the illustrious dead, we pledge our hearts and our honor in carrying this war to a successful issue. Lafayette, we are here.[3]


  1. ^ Did They Really Say That? Quotations and Misquotations
  2. ^ George 104.
  3. ^ Charles E. Stanton Quotations, Biography


  • George, John H. and Paul Boller (1989). They Never Said It. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • McHenry, Robert and Charles Van Doren (1971). Webster's Guide to American History. New York: Merriam.
  • (1917). "Record Crowd in Paris." New York Times. July 6.
  • Unger, Harlow Giles (2002). Lafayette. New York: Wiley.