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1864. At the annual town-meeting held March 7th, the town voted to appropriate fifteen thousand dollars for aid to the families of volunteers. April 4th, Eight thousand dollars were voted to meet the expenses incurred in recruiting; and a further sum of fifteen thousand dollars was appropriated to meet expenses which may be incurred during the year in recruiting volunteers and paying bounties. August 5th, A committee of five was appointed to canvass the town and ascertain how many persons there were who were liable to be drafted, and to solicit subscriptions from all persons; and any person drafted and held to service, to have the amount subscribed by him refunded by the town. At the same meeting the sum of twenty thousand dollars was appropriated for war purposes.

1865. At the annual meeting held March 6th, the town appropriated five thousand nine hundred and thirteen dollars and twenty-two cents to cover the deficiency existing in recruiting expenses and paying bounties, and a vote of thanks was unanimously passed to the selectmen for their valuable services during the war.

Newton furnished one thousand and sixty-seven men for the war, which was a surplus of sixty-four over and above all demands. Thirty-six were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was one hundred and five thousand seven hundred and twenty dollars and forty-three cents ($105,720.43).

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, $1,490.23; in 1862, $7,479.09; in 1863, $10,637.38; in 1864, $10,000.00; in 1865, $8,000.00. Total amount, $37,606.70.

Newton has erected a very handsome monument, in honor of its gallant men who fell in the war, the cost of which was upwards of five thousand dollars, of which some twelve hundred dollars were raised by general subscription of the adult population of the town. The amount which each subscribed was limited to one dollar. Eleven hundred of the school children paid into the general fund each one dime.

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