This New York Times article from August 31, 1865 provides copies of three different letters from President Andrew Johnson, President of the Senate Lafayette S. Foster, and Secretary William H. Seward that were read at the closing ceremonies for the refreshment saloons. The saloons closed in late August 1865 while the war came to a close. These establishments had fulfilled their purpose of giving the Union troops with a resting place for four years. The city held ceremonies to honor the saloon’s accomplishments and government officials commended them for providing relief to “many a travel-worn, weary, and famishing soldier” during the Civil War. (By Brenna McKelvey)
New York Times, "The Philadelphia Volunteers' Refreshment Saloons," August 31, 1865
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