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The town-clerk during all the years of the war was William Cobb. The town-treasurer in 1861 was Andrew Whitney; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, Samuel Swain. 1861. No official action appears to have been taken by the town, in its corporate capacity, in relation to the war during this year. 1862. On the 12th of July a legal town-meeting was held to take action in regard to filling the quota of the town under the late call of the President for volunteers, at which the selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who should enlist in the military service for three years and be credited to the quota of the town. Another meeting was held on the 1st of September, when it was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer for nine months service when mustered in and credited to the quota of Nantucket.

1863. December—, Voted, ‘to authorize the selectmen to advance money to volunteers enlisting to the credit of Nantucket, not to exceed three hundred dollars to any one person, provided the money so advanced can be deducted from the town bounty which will be due to the soldier when he shall have been properly mustered into the United-States military service and credited as part of the quota of the town.’ They were also directed to expend two thousand dollars ‘to alleviate the suffering of the sick and wounded Nantucket soldiers.’

1864. At the annual election-day in November, the town appropriated sixteen hundred dollars for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers in the army and navy.

1865. At a special town-meeting held on the 13th of February, six thousand dollars were appropriated for State aid to the families of enlisted men, and three thousand dollars for the payment of bounties to men who ‘shall enlist either in the army or navy and be credited to the quota of the town.’

According to the return made by the selectmen in 1866, Nantucket furnished two hundred and sixty-nine men for the war, which evidently did not include the men in the navy, but those only who were inhabitants of Nantucket, and were in the military service. The town must have furnished at least five

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