Washington, November 21, 1864
To Mrs. Bixby, Boston, Massachusetts.
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 to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the 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.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
(Per files of the War Department shown to President Lincoln in November 1864)
The Sons of Oliver C. & Lydia Parker Bixby
Sgt. Charles N. Bixby - Co. D, 20th MA (18 Jul 1861-3 May 1863)
Pvt. Oliver C. Bixby, Jr.- Co. E, 58th MA (26 Feb1864-30 Jul 1864)
Cpl. Henry C. Bixby - Co. K, 32nd MA (1862-1864)
Cpl. George A. Bixby - Co. H, 25th MA (17 Sep 1861-7 Jul 1864)
Pvt. Arthur Edward Bixby - Co. C, MA 1st Hvy Artillery (24 Jun 1861-28 May 1862)
The Son of Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln
William "Willie" Wallace Lincoln
Born: December 21, 1850 - Springfield, Illinois
Died: February 20, 1862 - White House, Washington
"Throughout the years some historians and scholars would debate as to the accuracy of President Lincoln's poignant letter to Mrs. Bixby in November 1864. Contrary to public opinion or fact, I personally view Mr. Lincoln's heartfelt words as those being shared from one grieving parent to another .. and truly understood by only those who have experienced the loss of a son or daughter." - - Helen More
Helen Marie Melly More
20 November 1999
Background Music: "Saving Private Ryan"
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Civil War - Pennsylvania Regiments
The Blue Uniform My Family .. A Call to Arms "Dear Mother" ... 1862 Letter A Proper Burial
Roll of Honor ... Our Fallen Lads The Drummer Boy Medal of Honor - Sgt. Pursell
104th PA Regiment Battle of Fair Oaks 69th PA - Irish Brigade of Philadelphia
72nd PA - Sgt. George Leidy Hess
"The Gettysburg Address"
"Dear Mrs. Bixby" ... 1864 Letter - President Lincoln
From the Halls of Montezuma - U.S. Marine Corps
"Pledge of Allegiance"
My name is ... "Old Glory"
September 11, 2001 .. "Let's roll"
Appomattox .. "The Blue and Gray"
Philly in the 1940's .. A Trip down Memory Lane
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