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1862. July 16th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years military service, and be credited to the quota of the town. David L. Webster, Rev. Gilbert Haven, and thirty others were chosen to assist the selectmen in recruiting. July 26th, A citizens' meeting was held, at which upwards of twenty-seven hundred dollars were subscribed by inhabitants of the town to encourage recruiting. A. D. Lamson was chosen treasurer. August 11th, At a legal town-meeting the treasurer was authorized to borrow two thousand dollars to be used by the recruiting committee ‘as in their judgment may best promote the enlistment of men to fill the quota of the town.’ August 27th, The bounty to volunteers for nine months service was fixed at one hundred dollars, and the treasurer was authorized to borrow ten thousand dollars for that purpose.

Active measures were taken by the town all through the war to enlist volunteers and keep the quota of the town filled.

Malden, according to the returns made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished five hundred and sixty-seven men for the war, which is at least seventy-five less than the actual number, as at the end of the war it had a surplus of seventy-one over and above all demands. Sixteen were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was sixty thousand and eighty-five dollars ($60,085.00).1

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to the families of soldiers, and which was repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $2,600.00; in 1862, $7,561.20; in 1863, $8,907.13; in 1864, $8,000.00; in 1865, $4,800.00. Total amount, $31,868.33.

The ladies of Malden were extremely active and liberal during

1 April 28th, 1861. Company K, of the Seventeenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, attended divine service at Rev. Mr. Reed's church. After the sermon each member was presented with a New Testament. May 26th, They attended Rev. Mr. Greenwood's church, and were presented with a silk banner valued at sixty dollars. Previous to leaving town for camp at Lynnfield, on the 9th of July, religious ceremonies were held in the town hall by the different clergymen of Malden. Each of the commissioned officers was presented with a sword, belt, and a revolver, valued at $123.50.

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