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‘  calculated to render their camp life more comfortable, and which could only have been provided by womanly kindness and forethought.’ Several long and able reports were made during the year in relation to recruiting, and to the best means by which the large number of men the city was to furnish could be obtained. It does not appear that any differences of opinion prevailed among the members of the city government in regard to furnishing men, and making liberal provision for the families of volunteers, and for the sick and disabled soldiers who came back from service. During this year the Discharged Soldiers' Home in Springfield street was established, chiefly through the liberality of the city of Boston. 1863. January 5th, Ordered, that the aldermen and two members of the common council from each ward be a committee to determine and pay the amount of State aid allowed by law. January 26th, A joint committee to recruit volunteers to keep up the quota of the city was appointed. February 2d, The committee on relief of soldiers' families was authorized ‘to afford aid to such extent as they may deem expedient;’ and the treasurer was authorized to borrow money to pay the same. March 30th, The city-clerk was directed to employ a suitable assistant to prepare a record of the soldiers who have enlisted for the quota of Boston. June 22, A committee was appointed “with full powers to tender the hospitalities of the city to the Forty-fourth, and other Boston regiments on their return from the seat of war.” June 29th, The chief of police, under direction of the mayor and the chairman of the committee of Boston volunteers, was authorized to close any street against the passage of horse-cars and other vehicles, which may be deemed necessary to facilitate the passage through the city of any regiment going to or returning from the seat of war. July 27th, A joint committee of the two branches was appointed to proceed to Gettysburg, Pa., to procure a suitable lot in the cemetery in that place, and cause the remains of the Boston soldiers which can be found, and are not claimed by their friends, to be buried therein, and a suitable monument to be erected over the same. July 27th, A message was received from the mayor in regard to the draft riots which
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