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 pay bounties and furnish aid to the families of soldiers. December 12th, Dudley Keach, George D. Heaton, and James P. Thayer were appointed by the town to assist the selectmen in recruiting men, and four hundred dollars were appropriated to pay expenses. 1864. April 16th, The bounty to three-years volunteers was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars. The treasurer was authorized to borrow money, and recruiting was to continue until March, 1865. 1865. July 1st, Voted, to refund all money contributed by individuals to pay bounties and encourage recruiting; the same to be assessed within three years. Bellingham furnished one hundred and forty men for the war, which was a surplus of nine over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was sixteen thousand and twenty-five dollars and sixty-one cents ($16,025.61). The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $455.65; in 1862, $1,897.72; in 1863, $2,682.56; in 1864, $1,589.00; in 1865, $1,295.20. Total amount, $7,920.13. The ladies of Bellingham furnished through the Sanitary and Christian Commissions several barrels and boxes of socks and under-clothing, besides a liberal quantity of lint and bandages. A large number of boxes of clothing, food, fruits and delicacies were also sent by them direct to the soldiers.
David H. Bates, Phillips Curtis, N. H. Hunt; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, David H. Bates, William F. Locke, Levi W. Hobart. The town-clerk in 1861, 1862, and 1863 was Noah Torrey; in 1864 and 1865, E. Watson Arnold. The town-treasurer during all of these years was Jonathan French.
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