Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lincoln's "Bixby Letter," Civil War, 9-11

President Lincoln during the Civil War on November 21, 1864, wrote a letter to a mother who had lost five sons. Here's a transcript of that letter to Mrs. Bixby, of Boston.

"Dear Madam,
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of a republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

On the tenth anniversary of 9-11, former President George Bush recited it.

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