Bixby, Company H, 25th Massachusetts September 17, 1861 — July 7, 1864 Captured at Petersburg. Only two were killed in battle. 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. Barton, A Beautiful Blunder: The True Story of Lincoln's Letter to Mrs. Bixby was killed while serving with Company D of the 20th Massachusetts near Fredericksburg. These are the words of the beautiful letter Mr. 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.
Barton expressed skepticism, but Hay had told others that he had written it too, including the literary editor William Crary Brownell and the U. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln Vol. After Lincoln wrote this letter it was later learned that only two of Mrs. A draft copy of the Phillips letter survives in the Nicolay papers at Library of Congress a transcript of the draft can be read , so Lincoln didn't compose the Phillips letter. 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.
Hay said to , Lincoln's former law partner and later biographer, that Lincoln read very few of the letters that were sent to him, but he still wrote about a half-dozen letters a week. Andrew wrote to President Lincoln asking him to express condolences to Mrs. That morning I came in the cars with my cousin, Mary Cabot, and she walked along the street with me while I was telling her about it, and waited on the doorstep while I was in the house. Wakefield also argued that Hay could well have written such a profound letter. Within three days by November 24th news reports and reprints of it had appeared in Boston newspapers, and there is some indication that it provided a much needed boost in Union morale as the war was entering its fourth year. To me, he appeared to have no indulgences or pastimes; and I never heard him utter a profane, or an intemperate word.
Bixby letter has been listed as one of the under the. Edward Bixby also deserted from his unit. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. George Way Bixby was captured July 30, 1864, and then deserted to the enemy. I have never before met, in person or online, a one hundred and fifty-plus year old individual! The report found its way to , who delivered it along with the records of the five sons to President Lincoln at which point the letter was written. Andrew sent the report to the with an additional note requesting the president to honor the mother with a letter.
Jackson was published: When I lived at Knebworth, Cora, Lady Strafford—an American—occupied for a time Knebworth House, Lord Lytton's place, and the late Mr. Bixby, a widow who it was believed had lost five sons in the Civil War. Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, Abraham Lincoln Note - The authorship of this letter is much debated and many scholars believe it was actually written John Hay, one of President Lincoln's secretaries. He failed as a businessman - as a storekeeper. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. Bixby claimed that he had joined underage and without permission, which led to a discharge order. Lauriston Bullard, chief editorial writer of the Boston Herald and head of the Lincoln Group of Boston, published Abraham Lincoln and the Widow Bixby, which denied that Hay had composed the letter.
This page uses content from. Historians differ whether Lincoln or his secretary, John Hay, authored the letter. Lincoln Since its publication, the letter has been the subject of much discussion concerning the accuracy of its content and the identification of the author. Herbert Claiborne to Isaac Markens, New York, Feb. He failed in his first attempt to obtain political office.
In 2008, a Dallas museum found a document in its archives that may be an authentic, handwritten government copy of the letter. If you do reduplicate the document, indicate the source. In fact, one of her sons had deserted the army, one was honorably discharged and it is unclear what happened to the other son. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. Bixby seems to have personally supported the.
The other roughly 10% of the time, the analysis was inconclusive. Bixby herself has been criticized as perhaps being a poor model of a grieving Union mother. A similar scrapbook reposes in the Hay Papers at the Library of Congress. One had deserted the Union army in 1862, while another was honorably discharged two years later in 1864. Lydia Bixby of Massachusetts consoling her for the loss of five sons during their service in the Union army.
Paine, saying that the police on finding that we were helping this woman had told her that she kept a house of ill-fame, was perfectly untrustworthy and as bad as she could be. Boritt for calling this work to my attention. In 1912, she and her siblings may have been too close to the present to have their own entries in the genealogy. Bixby was trying to wheedle some sort of large financial compensation out of the Massachusetts state coffers. Bixby of Boston Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. The most negative spin on this story is that Mrs.