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Sanitary–commission wagons leaving Washington for the front in the last days of the war This photograph shows how the Sanitary Commission worked. The four-horse team is harnessed to the covered wagon in which were carried those supplies which would be of most immediate use on the battlefield. It included stimulants of various sorts, chloroform, surgeon's silk, condensed milk, beef-stock, and dozens of other things. The mounted agent is ready to accompany the wagon, and the flag of the Commission is waving in the breeze. By this time the business of helping the soldiers was thoroughly systematized.

Headquarters of the Christian commission in the field, 1864 The following summary of the receipts of the Christian Commission up to January, 1865, will convey some idea of the magnitude of the work which it performed. In 1861 the receipts were $231,256.29; in 1863, $916,837.65; in 1864, $2,882,347.86, making a total of $4,030,441.80. During the year 1864, 47,103 boxes of hospital stores and publications were distributed, valued at $2,185,670.82.

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