Lincoln’s Famous Mrs. Bixby Letter:
Consoling the Mother of Five Sons Killed in the War
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A front-page printing of President Lincoln’s famous letter to Mrs. Bixby, on her family’s sacrifice for the Republic. ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
Newspaper. New York World
, New York, N.Y., November 26, 1864. 8 pp. Lincoln’s letter appears on page 1, column 4.
“Executive Mansion, Washington,
Nov. 21, 1864.
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 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,
Additional content includes a 4-column front page report on “A DIABOLICAL PLOT”: a failed attempt Confederate sympathizers to torch New York City buildings, including the American Museum and several hotels. The account suggests that chaos ensued when news of the fires spread, and details the efforts of hotels to safeguard against arson. Page 1, column 6, reports on General Sherman’s Advance in Georgia in “A SWEEP OF DEVESTATION. Sherman laying waste the entire Country in his path.” Includes Beauregard’s November 18 Address to the Citizens of Georgia.