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The United States Christian Commission is set up at a conference in New York City

Trinity Church, New York City, 1846
11/16/1861
Young Men's Christian Associations in various northern cities had been active since the start of the war in providing comforts and religious support for the growing Union forces.  A convention was held in New York City with delegates from fifteen YMCAs to regularize this aid and the United States Christian Commission was founded.  Philadelphian George H. Stuart was elected as president and the Reverend William E. Boardman was named as general secretary when a headquarters was set up in Philadelphia.  It served Union soldiers throughout the war. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1864 ... (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1865), 801-803.

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