Union Defence Committee of the City of New York

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Created April 20, 1861, following a mass meeting at Union Square, New York City; most active between then and April 30, 1862; finances wound up in 1867, but some corporate existence apparently continued into the 1880s. The first chairman of the committee was John A. Dix, succeeded almost immediately by Hamilton Fish. Its governing committee was made up of New York City notables, and the chief city officials of New York. It was funded by New York City bonds, the U.S. Treasury, and private subscriptions. At the beginning of the war it exercised some governmental functions, organizing and outfitting regiments. It also helped the families of volunteer soldiers, and organized public meetings.

From the description of Records, 1861-1885 (bulk 1861-1865). (New York University). WorldCat record id: 475810673

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referencedIn Hubbard Family Papers, 1639-1925, (bulk 1830-1897) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Union Defence Committee of the City of New York. Records, 1861-1885 (bulk 1861-1865). Churchill County Museum
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associatedWith Astor, John Jacob, 1822-1890. person
associatedWith Astor, William B. 1792-1875. person
associatedWith Blatchford, Richard Milford, 1798-1875. person
associatedWith Cameron, Simon, 1799-1889. person
associatedWith Cisco, John J. person
associatedWith Dehon, Theodore. person
associatedWith Dix, John A. 1798-1879. person
associatedWith Dodge, William E. 1805-1883. person
associatedWith Draper, Simeon, 1806-1866. person
associatedWith Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. person
associatedWith Grinnell, Moses Hicks, 1803-1877. person
associatedWith Hubbard family family
associatedWith Marshall, Charles H. 1823-1872. person
associatedWith Morgan, Edwin D. 1811-1883. person
associatedWith Opdyke, George, 1805-1880. person
associatedWith Phelps, Royal, 1809-1884. person
associatedWith Pierrepont, Edwards, 1817-1892. person
associatedWith Sloan, Samuel, 1817-1907. person
associatedWith Stevens, John Austin, 1827-1910. person
associatedWith Taylor, Moses, 1806-1882. person
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Wadsworth, James. person
associatedWith Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. person
associatedWith Wetmore, Prosper Montgomery, 1798-1876. person
associatedWith Wood, Fernando, 1812-1881. person
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New York (N.Y.)
United States

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Active 1861

Active 1885


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