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‘ [368] service of the United States,’ at which it was resolved, first, ‘that the citizens of Acton, one and all, whatever may have been their former political opinions, will unite and rally around the Constitution and flag of our Union, and be ready to imitate the noble example of our fathers, who shed their blood in defence of our civil and religious liberties;’ second, ‘that it is the duty of every citizen to come forward, and do all in his power, to assist in maintaining the rightful authority of the national government;’ third, ‘that the soldiers of the Acton Davis Guards, starting, like their namesakes in 1775, at a minute's warning, with the Sixth Regiment—being the first to respond to the President's call, armed and equipped for the defence of the national capital—have honored themselves and the town, and shown by their gallant conduct that they are true lineal descendants of Davis, Hosmer, and Heyward,—men who were “not afraid to go,” and who fought and fell in defence of our liberties;’ fourth, that the town appropriate five thousand dollars ‘for the benefit of the families of soldiers in the town of Acton, who are, or may hereafter be, engaged in the service of the United States.’ A committee was appointed to superintend the expenditure of the money; ‘also, to purchase pistols for the use of the Davis Guards.’ July 16th, A meeting was held to make preparations to receive the Davis Guards on their return from their three months service. It was voted to give a dinner to the soldiers, their wives, and families. ‘A band of music, and powder and cannon, were furnished.’ The reception was a very pleasant occasion for the soldiers and the citizens.

1862. July 16th, The town voted to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer enlisting to the credit of the town, and the selectmen and treasurer were authorized to recruit the men, and borrow the money to pay the bounties. August 20th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars ‘to each resident of the town who volunteers in the Davis Guards for nine months,’ and the further sum of twenty-five dollars to each of the twenty-three recruits for three years service. December 2d, Voted, that if any more men are required from Acton the same bounty shall be paid as before; and if any man is drafted and enters the service he shall receive the same bounty.

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