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Resolved, That there ought to be immediately organized in this town a volunteer force, under military discipline, to act as a ‘Home Guard,’ and, if necessary, for the service of the country.

Resolved, That if any citizen of Ashby will volunteer his services to the Government, he shall be aided by the town.

Resolved, That we loan fifteen hundred dollars to the Government, to be paid on application of the Governor of Massachusetts.

It was then voted that each volunteer shall be provided with a revolver, a bowie knife, and a Bible, and shall receive also ten dollars in money. Levi Burr, Liberty Wellington, and B. F. Wallis were chosen to recruit volunteers. November 5th, The selectmen were authorized to pay State aid to the families of volunteers, as provided by law.

1862. August 28th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist in the military service, and be mustered in to the credit of the town. The selectmen were directed to recruit the quota of the town; after which it was ‘voted that every man and woman of Ashby be a committee to assist them in procuring volunteers.’

1864. August 22d, The selectmen were authorized to pay to each volunteer enlisting for three years to fill the quota of the town a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars in gold.

1865. July 8th, ‘Voted, to refund the money paid by sundry persons to raise soldiers to fill the quota of Ashby under the calls of the President in 1864.’

Ashby furnished one hundred and fourteen men for the war, which was a surplus of fifteen over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by Ashby on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was sixteen thousand nine hundred and eighty-five dollars ($16,985.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families during the war, and afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $45.20; in 1862, $325.46; in 1863, $1,310.00; in 1864, $1,461.05; in 1865, $1,000.00. Total amount, $4,141.71.

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