1861Resolutions were passed to sustain the government during the Civil War.Events & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, National Events, City Government

A town meeting was called on April 24th to consider Gloucester’s role in the current situation. Putting all party politics aside, a resolution was adopted. While abhorring slavery, the resolutions “fully recognize the compromises of the constitution” and the right of slave-holding in the South. But in the act of secession, the states “have exhibited all their meanness and cowardice, without any of the better qualities of the rebel, the traitor, and the pirate.” After listing the recent threats to the nation, including threats against the President-elect, the attack on Fort Sumter, and the mob riot in Baltimore, the resolution proposed that $10,000 be appropriated by the town of Gloucester to provide “for the clothing, support, and maintenance of such of our fellow-citizens as have enlisted, or may enlist, in the service of the Federal Government, and of their families who remain among us. We hereby, one and all, pledge ourselves to support the Federal Government at all hazards.” (Town Records, 3-4)

Gloucester Town Records, 1861-1867. Vol. 9. Gloucester, Mass., 1867.
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