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[702] for the payment of State aid to the families and dependants of volunteers, and on the 13th of April the additional sum of twenty-five thousand dollars was appropriated for the same purpose. June 15th, The military committee of the government were authorized to make suitable arrangements for the reception of the regiments and companies of re-enlisted veterans on their return home on furlough. July 13th, It was—
Ordered, That the mayor be and he is hereby authorized to cause to be paid the expense of the band, firing minute guns, tolling the bells, and other incidental expenses attending the funeral of the late Colonel George H. Ward, and to draw his warrant upon the treasurer accordingly.1

July 27th, Twenty thousand dollars were appropriated for State aid to the families of men who might be drafted. October 26th, The following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:—

Whereas the President of the United States by his proclamation has called for three hundred thousand volunteers to re-enforce our armies, and whereas the honor of our city and the interest of our citizens, as well as duty to the country and our brave soldiers already in the field, imperatively require that the quota of Worcester should be promptly furnished by voluntary enlistments; therefore—

Resolved, That we recommend to the citizens of Worcester, so soon as the official call and order of the Government is received, to assemble together for the purpose of appealing to the patriotism of the people to furnish men to re-enforce our armies, and to express their determination to stand by and support the Government in the vigorous prosecution of the war.

Resolved, That the city council will afford every possible aid to the National and State authorities, and will cordially co-operate with the people in raising the number of volunteers apportioned to the city.

1864. January 25th, The military committee were directed to make arrangements “for a proper reception of our returning volunteers of the Twenty-first, Twenty-fifth, and other regiments.”

1 Colonel Ward commanded the Fifteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, and was killed at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863. He was a citizen of the city of Worcester, and his regiment was recruited in that county.

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