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William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 1: introductory and explanatory. (search)
ly to impoverish the town to a degree bordering upon bankruptcy. Another object which it sought to prevent was a rivalry or competition between towns in obtaining volunteers by extravagant outlays of money, giving to a wealthy town an undue advantage over one comparatively poor. This evil was further remedied by the act. passed at the extra session of the Legislature, entitled an act for the payment of bounties to volunteers and for other purposes, which was approved by the Governor November 18th, 1863. This act provided that bounties to volunteers should be paid directly by the Commonwealth, See Volume I., pages 503, 504. and fixed the amount at three hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer, who should enlist for a term of three years, and be credited to the quota of any town or city in the Commonwealth. It also allowed volunteers the option of taking, in lieu of this aggregate amount, a bounty of fifty dollars when mustered into the military service, and twenty doll