Gainesville in Cooke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Gainesville, Texas Gold Star Memorial
Homeland - Family - Patriot - Sacrifice
Executive Mansion, Washington,
November 21st, 1864
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 word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming, but I cannot refrain from tendering 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 and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, Korean • War, Vietnam.
Location. 33° 37.432′ N, 97° 9.235′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Texas, in Cooke County. Memorial is on Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1602 West California Street, Gainesville TX 76240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cooke County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooke County (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooke County C.S.A. / 2nd Frontier Regiment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moffett Park (about 300 feet away); American Paint Horse Association (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gainesville Community Circus (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old California Trail (approx. half a mile away); Cooke County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Also see . . . The Bixby Letter. The text of the memorial is taken from the Bixby Letter. It was sent by Abraham Lincoln to Lydia Parker Bixby, a widower who claimed to have lost five sons during the Civil War. The letter's text was famously used in the movie "Saving Private Ryan" by General George C. Marshall played by Harve Presnell. (Submitted on June 2, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 19 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.