The privates, when in camp, were to receive the same pay as privates in the regular service; and the officers were to receive such pay as the Governor
and Council might determine, provided that the pay of no officer should exceed that of a captain in the regular army.
The officers and men to be paid once a month.
The Governor, with the consent of the Council, could appoint and fix the pay of a suitable person for paymaster, to pay the men in the camps, he giving bonds and securities for the proper discharge of his duties.
The regimental and line officers were to be chosen and commissioned as provided for by the militia laws of the Commonwealth
. ‘An act in aid of the families of volunteers, and for other purposes,’ contained eight sections, and was one of the most humane and admirable passed during the war. It provided,
1st, That any town or city might raise money by taxation, and apply the same for aid of the wife, and of the children under sixteen years of age, of any volunteer mustered into the service of the United States
to the credit of Massachusetts
, and for each parent, brother, sister
, or child, who, at the time of his enlistment, was dependent on him for support.
2d, The sum so paid or applied should be annually reimbursed from the State
treasury to such city and town, provided it did not exceed one dollar a week for the wife, and one dollar for each child or parent of such soldier; provided that the whole sum for the family and parents of each soldier did not in the aggregate exceed twelve dollars a month.
The act also provided, that any town or city might raise money by taxation to defray any expense already incurred, or to carry out any contracts heretofore made with any of its inhabitants who might have enlisted in the volunteer service, or who may have been or might be called into the service of the United States
; but all other contracts in the militia should terminate in ninety days.
The act also provided, that any city or town, ‘when danger from attack from the sea is apprehended, is authorized to ’