This article in the Boston Advertiser discusses the Philadelphia volunteer refreshment saloons and their contribution to the home front relief efforts. In a letter from Philadelphia on September 21, 1861, a visitor described the Cooper Shop Volunteer Refreshment Saloon in detail from the washroom where the soldier could “wash off his travel stains” to the dining room where “fifty boiled hams” waited for consumption. The visitor spoke of the generosity of Philadelphia’s citizens towards the saloons since the establishment was “dependent upon subscriptions and donations” and how the committee served over eighty thousand men since the saloon’s opening in May. (By Brenna McKelvey)
Boston (MA) Advertiser, "Letter from Philadelphia," September 21, 1861
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