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 The selectmen in 1861 were John Q. A. Lothrop, Solomon J. Beal, David Beal; in 1862, John Q. A. Lothrop, Solomon J. Beal, Fordyce Foster; 1863, Martin Lincoln, Charles Pratt, Ezra Brown in 1864, John Q. A. Lothrop, Solomon J. Beal, Ezra Brown; in 1865, John Q. A. Lothrop, Solomon J. Beal, Zaccheus Rich. The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Newcomb Beal. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863 was A. H. Tower, Jr.; in 1864 and 1865, A. J. Souther. 1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon matters relating to the war was held on the 1st of May, at which it was voted that the appropriation for the payment of ten and fifteen dollars a month, to each volunteer belonging to Cohasset, be limited to six months from the present time; and that no volunteer receive pay until he has been regularly enrolled in some company. 1862. May 1st, The treasurer was authorized to borrow money to pay State aid to the families of volunteers. July 21st, A bounty of one hundred dollars was authorized to be paid to each volunteer who would enlist within twenty days in the military service, and be mustered in and credited to the quota of Cohasset; and the treasurer was directed to borrow a sufficient amount of money to pay the same. August 12th, The same amount of bounty was authorized to be continued after the expiration of the twenty days, the vote of the town to be published in the ‘Boston Journal,’ and hand-bills to be printed and ‘the same to be posted in this and the neighboring towns.’ August 21st, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each person who shall volunteer for nine months military service, and be credited to fill the quota of the town. October 14th, The town voted to ratify a contract made by the selectmen with the town authorities of Hanson in regard to enlisted men, by which Hanson having a surplus over its quota transferred a portion of its excess to Cohasset, on an agreement that the bounties paid by Hanson should be reimbursed by Cohasset. The selectmen were also directed ‘to procure one or more volunteers to complete the quota of the town.’ The treasurer was directed to borrow money for those purposes.
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