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[400] three years service to the quota of the town. August 25th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer for nine months service, ‘not exceeding forty in all,’ provided that ‘twenty-five dollars shall be deducted from all those who may so enlist, after twelve o'clock at noon on Tuesday next.’ September 29th, The town voted to continue to pay one hundred and fifty dollars to volunteers for nine months service.

1863. March 2d, The selectmen were authorized to give such assistance to the families of volunteers as they might think proper, this to be in addition to the aid allowed by law. June 8th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars for the benefit of the families ‘of deceased or disabled soldiers.’

1864. March 7th, It was voted to continue paying aid to the families of soldiers in the service, and to those soldiers who may have been discharged for wounds or sickness. April 11th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer enlisting to the credit of the town until March 1, 1865. The selectmen assumed the responsibility of paying this bounty in gold or its equivalent, so that the bounty actually paid to each volunteer, in currency, was three hundred and eighteen dollars. Their action was subsequently approved by the town.

Several other meetings were held at which means were taken to recruit volunteers to keep the quota of the town full until the end of the war.

Chelmsford furnished for the war two hundred and forty-nine men, which was a surplus of twenty-nine over and above all demands. Five were commissioned officers. The total amount of money raised and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-seven thousand six hundred and twenty-three dollars ($27,623.00).

The amount of money raised and expended during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $390.92; in 1862, $2,725.66; in 1863, $3,491.00; in 1864, $4,194.20; in 1865, $3,766.04. Total amount, $14,567.82.

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