tead of five, I would give them all sooner than have our country rent in fragments. . . . 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.
--The History of the Civil War in America: by J. S. C. Abbott, i. 108.
In contrast with this was the letter of a Baltimore mother to her loyal son, a clergyman in Boston, who, on, the Sunday after the attack on Fort Sumter, preached a patriotic discourse to his people.
The letter was as follows:--
Baltimore, April 17, 1861.
my dear son:--Your remarks last Sabbath were telegraphed to Baltimore, and published in an extra.
Has God sent you to preach the sword, or to preach Christ? your Mother.
The son replied:--
Boston, April 22, 1861.
dear Mother:--God has sent me not only to preach the sword, but to use it. When this Government tumbles, look amongst the ruins for your Star-Spangled bann