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[476] to aid the ladies of Woburn in the purchase of material to be made into garments for the soldiers at the front. November 3d, The following paper was read: ‘If the town of Woburn agree to pay the fifty-two men, now called for to make up the quota of said Woburn, three hundred dollars each, we agree to place in the hands of the selectmen the sum of fifteen thousand six hundred dollars for that purpose, until the same can be legally paid by the town.—Eli Jones, J. B. Winn, Charles Tidd, Bowen Buckman, Joseph Kelley, Moses F. Winn, S. O. Pollard, Leonard Thompson, W. T. Grammer, Horace Conn, Moses C. Bean, A. E. Thompson, Cyrus Cummings, E. N. Blake, John Johnson.’

1864. April 4th, The treasurer was authorized, with the approval of the selectmen, to borrow fifteen thousand dollars, ‘and more if necessary,’ to render comfortable the families of volunteers in the army or navy, ‘without regard to what the State proposes to refund.’ The bounty to be paid to volunteers for three years service was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars. Eight thousand dollars were appropriated to refund money voluntarily paid by citizens to encourage enlistments to fill the quotas of the town in 1863 and 1864, provided the sum shall not exceed one hundred and twenty-five dollars for each person recruited. August 10th, Voted, to pay to each volunteer for three years service the bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars in gold, ‘if, after consulting eminent counsel, the selectmen shall ascertain that they have a legal right to do so.’ A committee of ten was appointed to collect money by subscription and to aid recruiting.

1865. April—, The same liberal provision was made for the support and comfort of the families of volunteers that was made the year previous. May 15th, Twenty-three thousand five hundred dollars were appropriated to reimburse citizens for money contributed to fill the quota of the town in 1864.

Woburn furnished seven hundred and eight men for the war, which was a surplus of fifty-four over and above all demands. Thirty-one were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was eighty-nine thousand and sixty-six dollars and sixty-eight cents ($89,066.68).

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