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