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 New Bedford furnished about thirty-two hundred men for the war, which was a surplus of eleven hundred and ten men over and above all demands.1 One hundred and twenty were officers in the military service. We do not know the number who served in the navy. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was one hundred and seventy-seven thousand dollars ($177,000.00). The amount of money appropriated and expended by the city during the four years of the war for State aid to the families of volunteers, and which was afterwards refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $5,091.52; in 1862, $25,257.29; in 1863, $40,146.04; in 1864, $36,500.00; in 1865, $18,500.00. Total amount in four years, $125,495.85. The Ladies' Soldiers' Relief Society donated for the relief of the soldiers upwards of twenty thousand dollars in money; in cotton cloth and flannel, four thousand dollars; and in hospital stores to the value of six thousand dollars. The following are some of the articles contributed: Condensed milk, preserved fruits, jellies and pickles, farina, maizena, tamarinds, lemons, dried apples, tea, coffee, cocoa; 1,116 bottles of wine, consisting of sherry, currant, blackberry, and native wines; 423 bottles of brandy; 1,130 bottles of blackberry brandy and syrups; 345 bottles of port wine; large contributions for the Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas trees at Portsmouth Grove Hospital, besides bushels of lint and bandages. ‘The Society for the Comfort and Relief of our Soldiers in Hospitals’ furnished, among other things, 5,904 flannel and cotton shirts, 3,887 pairs of drawers, 4,573 woollen socks, 1,790 towels, 94 coats, 76 vests, 120 collars, 1,000 handkerchiefs, 368 cravats, 314 dressinggowns, 1,836 pocket-handkerchiefs, 300 pants, 148 napkins, 678 pairs slippers, 265 woollen mittens, 542 blankets, 515 sheets, 673 pillows, 750 quilts, 988 canes, 1,280 woollen under-shirts, &c. The contributions named above are certainly remarkable, but
1 This large surplus is in a certain degree owing to the act of Congress passed in July, 1864, allowing credits for men serving in the United-States navy.
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