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[443] and on the 19th started for Washington. They were in the first battle of Bull Run. April 30th, Provision was made for aid to the families of volunteers. June 4th, Five thousand dollars were appropriated for State aid to soldiers' families as provided by law; also voted to pay each inhabitant ‘who enlists for the war twenty-five dollars for an outfit.’

1862. March 3d, Three thousand dollars were appropriated for aid to soldiers' families. July 17th, Voted, to pay each volunteer who enlists for three years and is credited to the quota of the town a bounty of one hundred dollars. August 26th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer for nine months service. September 15th, This bounty was directed to be paid to each man, not exceeding fifty-five, ‘who shall enlist in the Reading Company,’ Company D, Fiftieth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, then in camp at Boxford.

1863. Abiel Holden, Esq., bequeathed five hundred dollars for the erection of a monument to the memory of Reading men who had died or might die in the military or naval service of the country during the war, on condition that the town appropriated the same amount for that purpose.

The town on the 6th of March, 1865, appropriated one thousand dollars to be added to the bequest of Mr. Holden. The monument was erected and dedicated with appropriate solemnities, October 5th, of the same year. This is believed to have been the first monument erected in the State in memory of the men who fell in the Rebellion. On it are inscribed the names of forty-six Reading men, who died in the cause of their country.

Reading furnished four hundred and eleven men for the war, which was a surplus of thirty-four over and above all demands. Thirteen were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-seven thousand nine hundred and seventy-one dollars and eleven cents ($37,971.11).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid

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