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[206] appropriated ‘for the purchase of flannels and other materials asked for by the Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society of Lawrence,’ to be made into articles for the use of the volunteers.

On the receipt of the news of the death of Sumner Henry Needham, who fell in Baltimore on the memorable 19th of April, and whose name has become historical as one of the first martyrs of the Rebellion, the following resolutions were passed by both branches of the city government:—

Resolved, That to the afflicted relatives and friends of the dear departed, in this hour of their deep heart grief, we extend our tenderest sympathies; and, while we would not invade the sanctity of their sorrow, his loss to us, as a community, a people, and a nation, and the remembrance of the noble patriotism and holy devotion inspiring the mission in which he has fallen, throws upon our hearts the same cloud of sadness, and unites our grief to theirs.

Resolved, That in respect to the memory of the deceased this city government will attend the funeral in a body; that we invite our fellow-citizens generally to join in paying a last tribute of respect to the departed, and we recommend the closing of all places of business in our city on the occasion of his interment.1

The city of Lawrence continued its activity in behalf of the great cause until the end of the war, making liberal appropriations of money to encourage recruiting, and for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers, for which a special agent of the city was placed in charge. Each company belonging to the city, on its return from the front at the close of its term of service, was received ‘with fitting welcome and suitable demonstrations.’

Lawrence furnished two thousand four hundred and ninety-seven men for the war, which was a surplus of two hundred and twenty-four over and above all demands. Ninety-two were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the city on account of the war, exclusive

1 Mr. Tewksbury, the city-treasurer, writes: ‘In accordance with the resolves, the city government attended the funeral in a body, with distinguished State officials, and a countless throng of citizens. He was buried from the city hall, all business being suspended for the time, and the flags displayed at half mast, with general evidence of mourning on every hand. A suitable granite monument in the Lawrence cemetery marks the last resting-place of the martyr.’

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