families of such volunteers, and appropriate such sums as they may think wise from said fund.
This report was unanimously adopted, and James R. Faulkner
, Thomas Talbot
, Josiah Bowers
, George P. Elliot
, Stephen Gilman
, Edward Spaulding
, Jona Merriam
, and Peter B. Bohonan
were chosen the committee of nine.
It was then voted to add to the committee R. T. Bryant
, Joseph Down, Leander Crosby
and John Baldwin
June 17th, The committee reported that, under the recent acts of the legislature, all appropriations made in aid of the families of volunteers must be expended under the direction of the selectmen.
It was then voted to rescind the vote of the 6th of May, by which the expenditure of the money was given to a committee, and to appropriate one thousand dollars for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers.
1862. July 21st, A committee appointed for that purpose reported the following resolutions, which were adopted:—
Resolved, That the people of Billerica will respond to whatever call is made upon them, either for men or money, to the full extent of their resources.
Resolved, That the selectmen be authorized to pay to each volunteer, to the number of eighteen, a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars, who shall be accepted by the United States authorities as a soldier, and be credited to the quota of the town; and that the selectmen be requested to use their utmost endeavors to procure the men.
The ‘quota was filled almost immediately.’
August 25th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for nine months military service, and be credited to the quota of the town.
1863. No action appears to have been necessary by the town, in its corporate capacity, during this year to keep its quota filled.
1864. May 30th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years service, and be credited to the town; and Thomas Talbot
, Gardner Parker
, James Faulkner
, Elijah Corliss
, and Dudley Foster
were appointed to assist the selectmen in recruiting