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" 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 words... "
Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book: Containing the Inspired and Inspiring ... - Page 133
by Elbert Hubbard - 1923 - 228 pages
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The Meaning of Life: Insights of the World's Great Thinkers

William Gerber - Life - 1994 - 312 pages
...President Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby, of Boston, mother of five sons who had died in the Civil War: (533) Dear Madam, — I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachuetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the...
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Lincoln

David Herbert Donald - Biography & Autobiography - 1995 - 724 pages
...expressed that feeling in a beautiful letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a Boston widow who, he was told, was "the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle." "I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement," he wrote her, "and leave...
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Abraham Lincoln Wisdom and Wit

Louise Bachelder - Biography & Autobiography - 1997 - 76 pages
...with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to ever expect it. ... I have been shown in the files of the War Department...you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic...
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Lincoln's Men: How President Lincoln Became Father to an Army and a Nation

William C. Davis - History - 1999 - 330 pages
...of his most perfect creations: I know how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which shall attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic...
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Abraham Lincoln: The Evolution of His Literary Style

Daniel Kilham Dodge - Biography & Autobiography - 2000 - 84 pages
...bountiful. "EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, November 21, 1864. Mrs. Bixby, Boston, Massachusetts. DEAR MADAM: I have been shown in the files of the War Department...feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine 'Reminiscences, 428. Compare Lincoln's statement to Brooks: " ' I do generally remember a good story...
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Lincoln the President: Last Full Measure

J. G. Randall, Richard N. Current, Richard Nelson Current - Biography & Autobiography - 1999 - 460 pages
...classic in the language. The letter reads as follows: Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 21, 1864. 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...
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The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War

David J Eicher - History - 2002 - 992 pages
...late November he wrote the famous "Bixby letter," often quoted as one of his most sensitive missives. "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...
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Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Volume 37

Genealogy - 1910 - 538 pages
...her sons dying in their youthful prime that the nation might live. To such a mother Lincoln wrote, "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...
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Remembrance: A Tribute to America's Veterans

Robert A. Fletcher, Robert B. Fletcher - Funeral rites and ceremonies - 2002 - 156 pages
...two minutes of silence, just as they did in 1918. NT DAY Executive Mansion, November 21, 1864 Dear Madam: I have been shown in the files of the War Department...you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic...
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The Battle of Gettysburg

Franklin Aretas Haskell - History - 2002 - 128 pages
...Executive Mansion, Washington, November 21, 1864. MRS. BIXBY, Boston, Massachusetts: DEAR MADAM: 1 have been shown in the files of the War Department...you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic...
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