Look Back: Civil War Fundraiser
Date: 5/20/2011 Album ID: 1250311
Photos by Missouri History Museu,Mercantile Library and Washington University
by Tim O'Neil --- The Grand Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair, a fund-raiser for Union troops in the Civil War, opened on May 17, 1864. The Ladies’ Union Aid Society was the driving force of the Western Sanitary Commission, which sought to fill yawning gaps in Army medical care. Through its closing June 18, the fair raised $550,000 to give Union soldiers hospital care, clean garments and warm meals.