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 1864. July 5th, The mayor was requested to call a public meeting of citizens, to take measures to enlist volunteers in anticipation of another call of the President for more men. 1865. February 20th, The quota of the city being full, the mayor, notwithstanding, was directed to continue recruiting men for the service, and to pay each volunteer a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars. Newburyport furnished thirteen hundred and sixty-three men for the war, which was a surplus of seventy over and above all demands.1 Fifty-three were commissioned officers.2 The amount of money appropriated and expended by the city on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was one hundred and twenty-three thousand eight hundred and seventeen dollars and eighty-nine cents ($123,817.89). In addition to this amount, six thousand three hundred dollars were voluntarily contributed by private citizens. The amount of money raised and expended by the city in the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers during the four years of the war, and afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $6,322.45; in 1862, $25,000.00; in 1863, $35,988.25; in 1864, $27,000.00; in 1865, $16,000.00. Total amount, $110,310.70. The ladies of Newburyport began to do ‘soldiers' work’ early in the war, but it was not until August, 1862, that they were thoroughly organized into the ‘Soldiers' Relief Association,’ of which Mrs. John C. March was made president. Their success was complete. At the close of the war they had furnished in articles and in money for the sick and wounded to the value of thirty thousand dollars. Among the articles furnished were 3,222 cotton shirts, 1,589 flannel shirts, 2,522 pairs of woollen socks, 781 pairs of drawers, 286 dressing-gowns, 2,700 bandages, 5,258 handkerchiefs, 3,160 towels, 562 pairs of
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