previous next
[665] manner in which he has discharged his duties, and for the benefits which the association has received from his name.

At the commencement of the war, a committee of one hundred gentlemen, comprising the Governor, all the living ex-Governors, the Mayors of cities, and all the living ex-Mayors of the State, together with many other distinguished gentlemen in private life, formed themselves into a society to raise and disburse money for the benefit of the soldiers' families. The fund thus raised was called the Massachusetts Soldiers' Fund. We have been unable to learn the precise amount which was raised; but it was between sixty-five thousand and seventy thousand dollars. The fund thus collected was invested so as to produce interest. It was expended under the supervision of an executive committee, of which William Gray, of Boston, was chairman, and who himself contributed ten thousand dollars at one time. Of this fund, there remains about thirteen thousand dollars unexpended.

Another organization of gentlemen was formed in Boston, at a later period, to raise money for the benefit of soldiers' families living in Boston. The fund thus raised amounted to about seventy-five thousand dollars. It was called the Boston Soldiers' Fund. The association organized by the election of Edward S. Tobey, of Boston, as president. Two trustees were chosen from each of the wards of the city. There was also an executive committee, of which George W. Messenger, an alderman of Boston, was chairman. The money which was raised was put at interest, and there remains an unexpended balance of about thirty thousand dollars.

The remains of these funds are still used for the benefit of soldiers and their families, and will be until they are exhausted.

In April, 1862, the Surgeon-General of Massachusetts was the medium through whom donations were received from citizens, and disbursed as his judgment dictated, for the benefit of disabled soldiers, and the families of those who had fallen in battle. The amount received by him during the year 1862 was $504, of which Governor Andrew contributed $250; Miss A. Morton, of Andover, $202; and the Joy-street Baptist Church, $45. During

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Massachusetts (Massachusetts, United States) (1)
Joy (Alabama, United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Edward S. Tobey (1)
A. Morton (1)
George W. Messenger (1)
William Gray (1)
John A. Andrew (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
April, 1862 AD (1)
1862 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: