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 1862. April 21st, Voted, that the military committee appointed in 1861 be discontinued. July 14th, The selectmen were given discretionary power to pay State aid to the families of volunteers. August 4th, The town assumed the payment of thirty-two hundred dollars, ‘which had been subscribed by individuals.’ George O. Carpenter, E. Mansfield, and S. Folger were appointed a recruiting committee. August 25th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for nine months in the South Reading ‘Richardson Light Guard.’ September 8th, Voted, to pay the same bounty to each citizen of the town, ‘now serving in the Federal armies; and if he falls or dies the bounty shall be paid to his widow or legal representatives, provided he has not already received a bounty.’ December 22d, The recruiting committee was authorized to pay such bounties as they should deem proper to volunteers to fill the quota of the town. 1863. April 6th, Voted, to raise five hundred dollars for military purposes. June 1st, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer belonging to the town in the three-years service, when honorably discharged; and if he should die in the service the same to be paid to his widow or heirs. 1864. April 4th, The selectmen were authorized to pay to the families of volunteers such aid as they might require for their comfortable support, ‘without regard to what the State will refund.’ Several other meetings were held during the year to adopt measures to obtain recruits, pay bounties, and give aid to the soldiers' families, ‘without regard to what the State will refund.’ South Reading furnished three hundred and eighty-six men for the war, which was a surplus of thirty-three over and above all demands. Twenty-eight were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was forty-nine thousand four hundred and fifty-six dollars and forty-nine cents ($49,456.49). The amount of money raised and expended during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and which was repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $3,459.98; in 1862, $9,036.79; in 1863, $8,858.48; in 1864, $9,500.00; in 1865, $6,000.00. Total amount, $36,855.25.
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