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,
"I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country."
"Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened
from it by menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves. LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT,
AND IN THAT FAITH, LET US, TO THE END, DARE TO DO OUR DUTY AS WE UNDERSTAND IT."
February 27, 1860
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives
us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall
have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan..."
March 4, 1865
All of the above quotes are by President Abraham Lincoln