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 November 4th, The selectmen were authorized to pay one hundred dollars to each inhabitant of Watertown who has enlisted in the navy, and to pay State aid to their families.1 1863. March 9th, The selectmen were directed to use their own judgment in paying additional State aid to soldiers' families. June 18th, Four hundred dollars were appropriated, and a committee appointed, to give a proper reception to Company K, Fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, on their return from nine months service. November 19th, A committee of ten was appointed to cooperate with the selectmen in filling the quota of the town. 1864. April 4th, Seven thousand dollars were appropriated to reimburse citizens for money advanced by them for recruiting purposes, and also to pay bounties. June 24th, The bounty to volunteers for three years service was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and so remained until the end of the war. Voted, to raise money to give a proper reception to Company K, Sixteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, on its return home. Several other meetings were held, but nothing of special interest was done. Watertown furnished three hundred and ninety-two men for the war, which was a surplus of six over and above all demands. Fifteen were commissioned officers. The money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war was forty-one thousand two hundred and five dollars ($41,205.00). 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, $1,344.20; in 1862, $4,048.92; in 1863, $4,400.00; in 1864, $5,200.00; in 1865, $3,300.00. Total amount, $18,293.13. The ladies of Watertown were not behind their sisters in other places in working for the benefit of the soldiers. They held meetings weekly during the years of the war, and furnished great quantities of garments and useful hospital stores. Those which were acknowledged by the President were chiefly sent by the ladies.
1 At this time enlistments in the navy did not count to the quota of a town.
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