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William Schouler, A history of Massachusetts in the Civil War: Volume 2, Chapter 4: Bristol County. (search)
ears of the war was Tucker Damon, Jr. 1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters connected with the war, was held on the 4th of May; at which the selectmen were authorized to raise five thousand dollars to properly equip a guard for the protection of the harbor and coast, and to pay each volunteer who shall enlist from that town into the military service of the United States a sufficient sum to make his pay twenty-five dollars a month, exclusive of rations. B. Ewer, Jr., John A. Hawes, and I. F. Ferry were appointed a committee to obtain from the Commonwealth arms and equipments for coast and harbor defence. July 20th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow five thousand dollars to defray any expenses incurred, or which may be incurred, for the organization and maintenance of an armed police to guard against an attack from sea; said police to be discontinued whenever the selectmen of Fairhaven and the mayor and aldermen of New Bedford shall deem it advisable. Septe