The honors he labored for so laudably, and, in the end, so gallantly gave his life, he meant for them, no less than for himself. In a paper submitted to the journal Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, which will be presented at a linguistics conference that begins next week, they explain why they believe that the numbers show that the letter was written by Hay. Lydia Parker Bixby, by some reports, had moved to Boston from Richmond, Virginia, yet continued sympathizing with the South as a Copperhead. 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. The overwhelming bulk of the items pasted into the 110 pages are Hay's own poems, along with reviews, notices, and commentary on his books, lectures, and poetry.
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. This power, combined with a fine intellect, an indomitable energy, and a taste altogether military, constituted in him, as seemed to me, the best natural talent, in that department, I ever knew. Lincoln was incorrectly informed that a Boston widow, Lydia Bixby, had lost five sons in the Civil War. And yet it is a mistake. May God give you that consolation which is beyond all earthly power.
There is no surviving draft copy of the Bixby letter. In November 1864, a woman named Lydia Bixby received a letter purportedly written by President Abraham Lincoln telling her that her sons had died in the Civil War. All text except reprinted articles was written by the webmaster, ©1996-2019. 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. Bixby, a widow who it was believed had lost five sons in the Civil War. Bixby's sons: Two had died in battle, the others eventually survived the war.
I find all that interesting, of course, but none of it changes the astonishing beauty of the Bixby Letter. If it no longer meets these criteria, you can it. In their five pages on the Bixby letter, Randall and Current failed to mention the testimony of Page, Brownell, or Coolidge. Later it was revealed that only two of Mrs. I know of nothing more difficult. The website was born on December 29, 1996. November 1864 happened to be a busy month for Lincoln though, with Hay writing in a letter that very month noting the president's lack of time to engage in correspondence.
He failed as a businessman - as a storekeeper. Yet the letter is hardly what it seems. Bixby seems to have personally supported the. The mother who received this letter, Lydia Bixby, is somewhat of a mystery herself. 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.
I was not surprised to learn that there is much debate among historians about the letter. The copy's existence has kept some hopes alive that the original may still exist, perhaps now forgotten in a collection somewhere. Bixby's five sons died in battle; Pvt. Charles Paine, as being very deserving. Fehrenbacher of Stanford University for calling this to my attention. Bixby in Boston in November 1864.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. Coolidge had been private secretary to Hay's friend Henry Cabot Lodge. Bixby in regard to her profound loss. Bixby, Company D, 20th Massachusetts July 18, 1861 — May 3, 1863 Killed near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. Some of his very best letters date from an early period. Wakefield also argued that Hay could well have written such a profound letter.
Apparently the original letter was destroyed by the newspaper editor after publication or by Mrs. In the autumn of 1864 Massachusetts Governor John A. Unsolved history: investigating mysteries of the past. In 1862 she claimed that one of her sons had been wounded at Antietam and asked for financial help to visit him in a Maryland hospital; Governor Andrew gave her forty dollars. These are the words of the beautiful letter Mr. And yet he was singularly modest and deferential in social intercourse.