The president of the Adams Express Company offered the gratuitous use of any number, from one to twenty wagons, for the purpose of conveying wounded soldiers that might arrive in the city; and would, with pleasure, furnish horses and drivers also for this benevolent purpose, at any hour of the day or night.
The treasurer reported the receipt of $4,272 from personal contributions.
The first efforts of the New-England
Soldiers' Relief Association were directed to meeting and supplying, if possible, the imperative need of a hospital for sick and wounded soldiers in the great metropolis.
For a time the Government
of the United States
gladly availed itself of its facilities for this service.
The work rapidly increased until the association was formed, and its efforts were extended to soldiers from every State.
Thus it was enabled to give shelter, comfort, and cheer to thousands of men.
From the ninth day of April, 1862, to the first day of September, 1865, it received, registered, lodged, fed, aided, and clothed sick, wounded, and disabled soldiers, coming from almost every State, to the number of 86,673.
It also received, welcomed, and entertained New-England
regiments passing through the city on the way to the field, caring and providing for their wants, to the aggregate number of 278,496 men. And also it was its privilege to welcome the returning veterans of our glorious armies, 34,383 men, bearing upon their standards the names of those memorable battle-fields upon which they had won such immortal renown.
This does not include the regiments which passed through the city from the States of Connecticut
and Rhode Island
; the care, reception, and entertainment of which devolved upon their energetic and able military agent, Colonel John H. Almy
, whose entire time was industriously devoted to their interests, and whose services were of infinite value to the association.
The hospital record show that there were received and recorded, from personal visitations at the bedsides of our