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‘ [491] one hundred dollars to such volunteers as have enlisted since August 5th, to fill the quota of forty men, as voted at a public meeting of citizens and been subscribed and paid by the citizens upon the faith that the town would reimburse the same.’ August 27th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer enlisting to fill the quota of the town for men in the nine-months' service, and a committee of citizens was chosen ‘to co-operate with the town-treasurer in devising ways and means to obtain the necessary amount of money.’

1863. No meeting appears to have been held during this year in relation to the war. Recruiting, however, went on as usual, and the State aid continued to be paid to the families of the volunteers.

1864. April 5th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer enlisting to the credit of the town, ‘under the recent call of the President for more men.’ July 5th, Voted, to pay the same amount of bounty to each volunteer under any call of the President, prior to March 1st, 1865.

Canton furnished three hundred and fifty men for the war, which was a surplus of twenty-three over and above all demands. Nine were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was thirty thousand four hundred and fifteen dollars and seventy-one cents ($30,415.71). In addition to this fifteen thousand dollars were raised by private subscription for the payment of bounties.

The amount of money raised and expended during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $564.59; in 1862, $2,585.00; in 1863, $4,671.16; in 1864, $3,000.00; in 1865, $2,200.00. Total amount, $13,020.75.

The amount of money and clothing furnished by the ladies of the town for the Christian and Sanitary Commission was quite large.


Incorporated April 26, 1770. Population in 1860, 1,953; in 1865, 2,048. Valuation in 1860, $1,018,224; in 1865, $1,174,935.

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