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 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,

A. Lincoln

Original Post

There is a bit of controversy about the origin and circumstances of this letter.  I posted this not to start a historical debate about the specifics of the letter, but to give an example of what a president might write to a bereaved mother on Memorial Day.


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@irwin posted:

You mean in between rounds of golf, I assume.  

From the cell phone posted on twitter of course


cuz we all love *that* guy on the cell phone during a round of golf.

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