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Letter from Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby

The Bixby letter has long been considered one of the finest examples of letter writing. This letter from Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a widowed mother thought to have lost five sons in fighting for the Union during the … Continue reading

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Battle Hymn of the Republic

In the early days of the American Civil War, American writer Julia Ward Howe penned the lyrics now known as the The Battle Hymn of the Republic. The stirring words were set to the equally lively music of “John Brown’s Body,” a popular song … Continue reading

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O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

O Captain! my Captain! (For the death of Lincoln.) by Walt Whitman O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done! The ship has weathered every wrack, the prize we sought is won. The port is near, the bells I … Continue reading

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When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed by Walt Whitman

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d by Walt Whitman PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S FUNERAL HYMN.                     1. When lilacs last in the door-yard bloomed, And the great star[1] early drooped in the … Continue reading

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