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 money appropriated and expended by the city on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was three hundred and eighty-five thousand four hundred and thirty-eight dollars and eighty-one cents ($385,438.81). In addition to this amount $21,818.00 were contributed by private subscription to encourage enlistments. In addition to the large number of officers and enlisted men furnished by Roxbury for active military service, a cavalry company for service at home was organized: its members were chiefly gentlemen whose age or business connections rendered it inconvenient for them to engage in active service at the front. The first step taken to organize the company was a meeting held by about thirty citizens on the 22d of April at the residence of Colonel Almon D. Hodges, at which it was resolved to form a company of dragoons for home service; another meeting, more numerously attended, was held on the 26th of April, at which Colonel Hodges was appointed drill master. On the 16th of May the company was regularly organized by the choice of the following gentlemen for officers: Almon D. Hodges, Thomas Adams, J. R. Chadwick, J. H. Meserve, and Richard Holmes. It was also decided that the company should be called ‘The Roxbury Horse Guards.’ They continued drilling at regular intervals during the greater part of the war. They were under orders for duty from July 14th to July 21, 1863, when fears were entertained that a riot would take place by persons opposed to the draft which had been ordered by the President. The members were always active in giving their assistance to recruit volunteers to fill the several quotas of Roxbury, and the members contributed upwards of a thousand dollars in money for that purpose. It also furnished several officers for the volunteer service. In April, 1864, the company was reorganized as a part of the volunteer militia of the Commonwealth, and has continued so to be ever since. It is now one of the best organized cavalry companies in the Commonwealth. The amount of money raised and expended by the city during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and which
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