The Sanitary Commission is holding a fair to support the return of the troops from the war and I have come with my family to support the cause. Local communities participate in fund raising and other activities in support of the soldiers. The first Sanitary Fair in the US, the Northwestern Soldiers’ Fair, was held here in Chicago in 1863. They have raised over $100,000. There are parades with bands, political leaders, delegations from various local organizations, and food proivded by local farmers. We will attend exhibitions, displays of art, mechanical technology and other entertainment.