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[430] fellow citizens to do their duty as patriots and soldiers; therefore be it—

Resolved, By us, the citizens of Medford, that we will, to our utmost ability, assist in the preparation and outfit of those who have generously volunteered their services to fight for the good cause, and glorious Union.

Resolved, That we will regard the wives and families of those who go forth to battle as a sacred trust, to be religiously respected and protected.

Resolved, That a committee of thirteen be appointed by this meeting to raise funds and appropriate the same to these objects.1

The first legal town meeting was held on the 13th of June, at which five thousand dollars were appropriated for State aid to the soldiers' families.

1862. July 21st, A bounty of one hundred dollars was directed to be paid to each volunteer to the number of one hundred and one, who shall enlist within two weeks, for three years, and be mustered in and credited to the quota of the town. August 4th, A resolution was passed approving of the new call for three hundred thousand more men, and earnestly requesting the President to prosecute the war with vigor, and ‘to use all rebel property within the reach of our armies for their support, and all the slaves of the rebels to preserve the lives and preserve the health of our soldiers.’ August 11th, The following resolution was passed—

Resolved, That, having merged all political parties into one great war party, we expect our Governments, State and National, to prosecute the war with the utmost vigor, and to use all the means at their command to bring it to a speedy and successful conclusion.

A resolution in favor of employing colored regiments was offered but was indefinitely postponed, and one heartily approving ‘the course of the present administration’ was adopted.

1 The citizens responded with great liberality. Immediate measures were taken to procure an outfit for the ‘Lawrence Light Infantry,’ which formed part of the Fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, which left for Washington on the 21st of April, under command of Colonel Samuel C. Lawrence (who lived in Medford), for three months service. This regiment was in the first battle of Bull Run, and behaved bravely, when the Colonel was slightly wounded.

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