I was in an antique store in Utica, Michigan and found a box of books. Sitting at the top of the pile was an unmarked blue duo-tang. To my surprise, it was filled with Bulletins of Lincoln Lore! Someone had been putting them in the binder as a collection, I suppose. The Bulletins covered the time period from September 1957 through January 1960. The Lincoln Lore was published every month out of Fort Wayne, Indiana by the Lincoln National Life Foundation. At the time, Dr. R. Gerald McMurtry was the Editor. So, finding this collection was a real treat. My thanks goes out to whoever was responsible in keeping the collection saved as it was. In reviewing the various articles, I found one that I will now present to my blog readers that proved interesting. It is from the June 1959 edition of Lincoln Lore:
Bixby And Sixbey
Because Abraham Lincoln wrote a beautiful letter of sympathy on November 21, 1864 to a Boston widow who was believed to have lost five sons (later investigations have revealed that only two sons were killed) on Civil War battlefields, the name of Lydia Bixby is well known to practically all students of Civil War history and classical American literature.
But fame did not immortalize the name of Sally Sixbey who lost three sons on the field of battle. In a quiet old graveyard in Stratford, Herkimer County, New York, there is a monument that marks the graves of the Sixbey family. At the top of the monument is the following inscription:
Colonel John Sixbey
Died 1874, Aged 65 years
Sally Sixbey, his wife
Died 1892, Aged 83 years
Underneath the broader part of the monument are inscribed the names of the three Sixbey sons who were killed on Civil War battlefields:
Jerome, killed at the storming of Petersburg, Va., 1864. Aged 17 years.
Nicholas, killed at the battle of Fair Oaks, Va., 1862. Aged 25 years.
John Jr., killed at the battle of Malvern Hill, 1862. Aged 29 years.
Nicholas and Jerome were of the 34th Regiment, Co., K., N. Y. V.
John Jr., was of the 121st Regiment, N.Y.V.
What a coincidence “that so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom” would be borne by two mothers whose names were so similar.
From: Herkimer County News, Little Falls, N.Y., Tuesday, September 22, 1931.
(Property of Mr. & Mrs. George C. Bond of Fort Wayne, Indiana)