The Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon was founded in Philadelphia on May 27, 1861. During more than four years of its existence, the Saloon provided (free of charge) food, drink, and comfortable lodging for soldiers headed into active field service, and a separate hospital provided care for the sick and wounded. Under the direction of an energetic staff, including a large number of women, the Saloon remained open until August 28, 1865.
This letter, addressed to Samuel P. Bates, discusses the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon and its work in providing food and lodging to sick and wounded soldiers, freedmen, refugees, and deserters during the Civil War.
- Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon collection (6 items) in Fales Collection, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
- The Historical Society of Pennsylvania holds a letterbook from the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon, over 400 telegrams received by workers at the Saloon, and 9 lin. feet of papers of one of the Saloon’s organizers, Samuel B. Fales. [note re: ISM letter: name on letter appears to be Samuel P. Bates, but Samuel B. Fales was one of the orgainzers of the Saloon -- possibly this is the addressee??]