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 1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters relating to the war, was held April 29th, at which Nathan P. Coburn, Alonzo Coburn, William A. Phipps, Clement Meserve, and John A. Phipps were appointed to consider and report what should be done by the town ‘to aid in the defence of the nation.’ The committee reported, ‘That the town appropriate a sum not to exceed five thousand dollars, to be expended for the purpose of organizing and drilling military companies for the national defence.’ The report was accepted, and the money appropriated. Lee Claflin, William A. Phipps, Albert Wood, Charles P. Morse, and Thomas Mead were chosen a committee to superintend the expenditure of the money. 1862. July 17th, Voted, to pay a bounty of fifty dollars to each volunteer for three years service to the number of forty-seven, to fill the quota of the town. On the 18th of August the bounty was increased to one hundred dollars, and on the 18th of September the same bounty was authorized to be paid to volunteers for nine months service, and to pay the men Government pay from the time they enlist until they are mustered into service. 1863. No action appears to have been taken by the town in its corporate capacity during this year, although recruiting was continued as usual. 1865. April 11th, Voted, to pay one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer enlisting to the credit of the town for three years service, to continue until March 1st, 1865. It was also voted to pay the same bounty to drafted men. Hopkinton furnished four hundred and twenty-five men for the war, which was a surplus of sixteen over and above all demands. Three were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.00). The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,499.03; in 1062, $6,572.11; in 1863, $8,178.71; in 1864, $8,600.00; in 1865, $5,000.00. Total amount, $29,849.85.
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