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[598] Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $4,315.04; in 1862, $21,839.04; in 1863, $29,577.83; in 1864, $26,000.00; in 1865, $17,000.00. Total amount, $98,731.91.

The ladies of Chelsea began their work for the soldiers with the commencement of the war, and in 1861 forwarded many packages of valuable hospital stores to the front; but as the war continued they organized a Soldiers-Aid Society, the first officers of which were Mrs. John H. Osgood, president; Mrs. Jeremiah Campbell and Mrs. B. H. Barnes, vice-presidents; Mrs. Joseph A. Copp, secretary, and Mrs. James Hovey, treasurer. The first meeting was held Sept. 17, 1862, the day on which the battle of Antietam was fought. Sub-committees were appointed on dressing-gowns, shirts, drawers, socks, slippers, bandages, lint, compresses, pads, sheets, pillow-cases, bed-sacks, handkerchiefs, and towels. Several of these committees served to the end of the war. Mrs. Frank B. Fay obtained between eighty and ninety subscribers who agreed to pay one dollar a month, making a permanent income of about a thousand dollars a year. In the autumn of 1863 a ladies' fair was held in aid of the Soldiers-Aid Society, which yielded a net profit of $3,263.10. During the period of its existence the society made and forwarded the following articles: 1,703 shirts, 1,075 drawers, 956 pairs socks, 385 slippers, 3,876 towels, 4,890 handkerchiefs, 162 sheets and pillow-slips, 581 bed and pillow-sacks, 27 dressing-gowns, 485 slings, 33 mittens. The whole amount of money received and expended by the society was $6,217.56. The foregoing enumerations include only a few of the contributions. In less than a month after the society was organized ‘there were made and forwarded for the use of disabled soldiers 1,105 articles of clothing and bedding, 52 packages of food and delicacies, 107 bottles of wine and cordials, besides compresses, bandages, pads, etc.’

North Chelsea

Incorporated March 19, 1848. Name changed to Revere, 1871. Population in 1860, 921; in 1865, 858. Valuation in 1860, $770,000; in 1865, $860,359.

The selectmen in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864 were Benjamin Shurtleff, Ensign Kimball, Edward Pratt; in 1865, Benjamin Shurtleff, Ensign Kimball, William S. Janvin.

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