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William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 1: introductory and explanatory. (search)
Remarks like these were frequently made: This is my thank-offering. —We must take care of the boys who fight for us.—If you want any more, call on me. Contributions soon began to come in to the committee by mail from different parts of the Commonwealth, and continued coming until one hundred and sixty-five thousand dollars were received. The employes in the Charlestown Navy Yard sent in a collection amounting to $6,432.26; and it is related that an old lady of eighty years, who lived in Amherst, and supported herself by sewing, walked four miles to carry to her pastor five cents, that he might send it to aid the suffering soldiers. Several instances are mentioned in these pages of aged women who spent the working hours of each day in knitting socks and mittens for the soldiers, and of young girls who gave their leisure time to scraping lint and making bandages for use in the hospitals. Many of the unfortunate inmates of our lunatic asylums made up underclothing, and otherwise la
William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 9: Hampshire County. (search)
and and seventy-five dollars and seven cents ($184,075.07), making the total expenditure $599,117.83. The following is the war record of the various towns:— Amherst Incorporated Feb. 13, 1759. Population in 1860, 3,206; in 1865, 3,413. Valuation in 1860, $1,581,521; in 1865, $1,860,457. The selectmen in 1861 were Ezra Int for three years in the military service and be mustered in to the credit of the town. Voted, That it is the wish of the citizens that volunteers enlisting from Amherst associate with the volunteers from Hadley, Hatfield, Leverett, Pelham, Sunderland, and Granby, in forming a company. August 25th, Voted to pay a bounty of one hurs and forty-seven cents ($29,535.47). In addition to this sum $23,779.50 were contributed by individuals, and received from fairs held by the patriotic ladies of Amherst for the benefit of the soldiers. The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to the soldiers' families and which was after