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Writing materials were furnished free and stamps also; and every effort was made to induce the soldiers to remember the loved ones at home, since the officials believed that a keen remembrance of those left behind was one of the best safeguards against reckless living. Its combinations extended through the Northern States. Volunteers were solicited to contribute their services in the proper distribution of supplies, and a large number of men were regularly employed under salary. Among the volunteers who went to the front were a large number of ministers who afforded great help to the wounded upon the field, and brought encouragement and sympathy to the hospitals where large numbers of ladies acted as nurses to the wounded soldiers. The Government gladly availed itself of their aid.

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