On March 13, 1863 Sergeant N.P. Gale of the 11th New York sent a card to William M. Cooper and the Cooper Shop Committee from camp in New Falmouth, Virginia thanking them for providing the soldiers with a place to rest when they stopped in Philadelphia. The memory of the Cooper Shop stayed with the soldiers long after they departed, as Gale said, “many a time our boys talked of the kind treatment received from [the Committee] at the Cooper Shop.” The refreshment saloon and its committee took on the responsibility of providing soldiers with the comforts of home when the troops were in an unfamiliar place. (By Brenna McKelvey)
N.P. Gale to William M. Cooper and C.V. Fort, March 13, 1863
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