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Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby... Much on General Sherman...
Item # 570785
December 3, 1864
ARMY & NAVY JOURNAL, New York, Dec. 3, 1864 As noted in the masthead this was the: "Gazette of The Regular & Volunteer Forces" and as such is replete with military news of all sorts.
The ftpg. has: "The Campaign In Tennessee" and "The Campaign In Georgia". Inside pages have: "The Campaign In Virginia" "The Campaign in the Shenandoah" "General Gilmore on Fortifications" "The Soldier & His Uniform" "Retaliation by Mosby" "The New Paddle-Wheel" "Composition of Sherman's Columns" "Sherman's Grand March" "A Rebel Exile on Gen. Sherman" "Sherman's Movement" and much more.
Also included is a touching letter from the President to a mother who lost five sons in the battles of the Civil War, signed in type: A. Lincoln (see). This is a somewhat controversial and well-known event, as history provides further details: "In the fall of 1864, Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew wrote to President Lincoln asking him to express condolences to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a widow who was believed to have lost five sons during the Civil War. Later it was revealed that only two of Mrs. Bixby's five sons died in battle (Charles and Oliver). One deserted the army, one was honorably discharged, and another deserted or died a prisoner of war. The original letter was destroyed by Mrs. Bixby, who was a Confederate sympathizer and disliked President Lincoln."
Sixteen pages, nice condition.