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 1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon matters relating to the war was held on the 29th of April, at which five thousand dollars were appropriated, to be expended under the direction of the selectmen for the benefit of soldiers' families. May 7th, The selectmen were authorized to expend one thousand dollars for a uniform to be given to the ‘Natick Mechanic Rifle Company.’ They were also authorized to purchase for the use of the company certain tents belonging to the Woburn Phalanx. Messrs. Hobart Moore, Charles Bigelow, and William Nutt, a committee appointed at a previous meeting, reported in favor of furnishing each soldier with a rubber blanket and a pair of woollen stockings, and each commissioned officer and musician with a revolver, when called into active service. The report was accepted, and five hundred dollars were appropriated to carry its recommendations into effect. July 17th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow ten thousand dollars for State aid to soldiers' families during the year; also, fourteen hundred dollars for payment of expenses already incurred and ‘contracts heretofore made.’ 1862. April 7th, The selectmen were instructed to borrow whatever money might be required for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families during the year, and to exceed the amount allowed by law to a family if in their judgment it was best so to do. July 25th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years and be credited to the quota of the town. August 30th, The same bounty was authorized to be paid to volunteers for nine months service, and the treasurer was directed to borrow money to pay the same. 1863. April 6th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow money for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families, and to exceed the amount allowed by law in cases wherein it would be proper. 1864. April 1st, The bounty to volunteers who should thereafter enlist for three years service, and be credited to the quota of the town, was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars. May 23d, Voted, to pay the same bounty to men who may be drafted, and to re-enlisted veterans who should be credited to
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