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William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 3: Berkshire County. (search)
ted to make such arrangements as they might judge expedient to procure volunteers to fill the quota of the town. April 8th, The selectmen were authorized to take such action as they may deem proper under the act of the Legislature approved March 28th, 1864; which act allowed money to be raised by taxation to pay bounties to volunteers, but limited the amount to be paid to each volunteer to one hundred and twenty-five dollars. On the 9th of July, the town voted to avail itself of the provisions of this act. August 9th, The selectmen were authorized to pay the bounty prescribed by the act of March 28th, 1864, in gold. 1865. March 6th, Two thousand dollars were appropriated for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers during the year. May 13th, Voted, to raise by taxation sixty-five hundred dollars, to refund money subscribed and paid by citizens to encourage recruiting. West Stockbridge furnished one hundred and sixty men for the war, which was a surplus of eight ov