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 1863. February 26th, The city council adjourned ‘for the purpose of paying their respects to Governor Andrew and General Wool at the city hall.’ March 4th, State aid was directed to be paid to the families ‘of colored citizens who shall be mustered into the service of the United States.’ April 9th, Five hundred dollars were authorized to be expended on the enlistment of a company of heavy artillery, which on the 21st of May was increased to one thousand dollars. July 15th, ‘A watchman was discharged for using seditious language.’ July 30th, State aid was directed to be paid to the families of drafted men. ‘Ordered, that the bells be rung and a salute fired on the day of the Public Thanksgiving on the 6th of August.’ September 24th, The treasurer was directed to pay the Treasurer of the Commonwealth $15,450.68, ‘under the laws in relation to the reimbursement of bounties.’ 1864. November 17th, Voted, that the poll-taxes of the returned soldiers belonging to New Bedford be remitted. 1865. January 7th, Appropriate resolutions were passed in regard to the death of Hon. Edward Everett, and Ex-Governor John H. Clifford was invited to deliver a eulogy on the life and character of the deceased. February 7th, The mayor recommended the ringing of the bells and the firing of one hundred guns in honor of President Lincoln signing the emancipation proclamation. April 10th, A committee was appointed to make arrangements to celebrate the fall of Richmond and the surrender of General Lee. April 15th, A message was received from the mayor making an official announcement of the death of President Lincoln, and a committee was appointed to consider and report upon the proper measures to be taken in regard to it. The committee reported a series of appropriate resolutions, which were adopted.1 June 22d, Alderman Gifford presented to the council a rebel flag captured at Charleston, S. C., Feb. 18, 1865, and sent to him by Captain James W. Grace, of Company C, Fifty-fourth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers (colored).
1 These are believed to have been the first resolutions passed by any municipal body in regard to that terrible event.
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