"Life continued apace"


The Records of the Town of Eastchester show, on January 30, 1864, sums paid to families of volunteers. Each wife received, per month, four dollars, plus one dollar for each child, with a cap of seven dollars. This relief, however, came with a caveat: on April 5, 1864, it was resolved in Eastchester that "no family of any Volunteer receive any relief from the Volunteer relief fund of the Town of Eastchester except such Volunteer be accredited to said Town." On the same day, Joseph Fay was appointed to visit the Provost Marshall and discover the names of Eastchester volunteers accredited to the town. He reported his findings on May 7, 1864: only three names were accredited to the town of Eastchester.

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