A patriotic Christian mother.
The following touching letter was written by a lady of New York temporarily absent in an adjoining State, on hearing that her five sons had volunteered, and gone South.
“my dear husband: Your letter came to hand last evening.
I must confess I was startled by the news referring to our boys, and for the moment I felt as though a ball had pierced my own heart.
For the first time I was obliged to look things full in the face.
But although I have always loved my children with a love that none but a mother can know, yet, when I look at the state of my country, I cannot withhold them; and in the name of their God, and their mother's God, and their country's God, I bid them go. If I had ten sons, instead of five, I would give them all sooner that have our country rent in fragments.
The Constitution must be sustained at any cost.
We have a part to act and a duty to perform, and may God, our father, strengthen us, and nerve us to the task, and enable us to say, Whatever Thou requirest that will I cheerfully give and do!
May He bless and protect our dear children, and bring them home to us in safety!
I hope you will provide them each with a Bible, and give them their mother's love and blessing, and tell them our prayers will accompany them, and ascend on their behalf night and day.” --N. Y. Tribune, April 28