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: Deliver your own goddamn petition.
: I'm the only man over fifteen and under sixty-five in this whole place not in uniform. Tad Lincoln
: I'm under fifteen and I have a uniform.
: I have to do this! And I will do it, and I don't need your permission to enlist! Abraham Lincoln
: That same speech has been made by how many sons to how many fathers since this war began? 'I don't need your damn permission, you miserable old goat! I'm gonna enlist anyhow!' What wouldn't those numberless fathers have given to be able to say to their sons, as I say now to mine, I am commander-in-chief, so in point of fact, without my permission, you ain't enlisting in nothing, nowhere young man! Robert Lincoln
: It's mama you're scared of, not me getting killed! Abraham Lincoln
: [Lincoln slaps him, then tries to hug him; Robert pushes him away
] Robert Lincoln
: I have to do this. And I will, or I will feel ashamed of myself for the rest of my life. Whether or not you fought is what matters. And not just to other people, but to myself. I won't be you, Pa. I can't do that. But I don't want to be nothing.