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 words of mine that would attempt to beguile you
from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from
tendering to 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, lost, and the solemn pride that must
be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely