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[499] were authorized to appoint a suitable person to raise a military company, ‘as a part of the town's quota.’ A vote was passed thanking Frederick F. Hassam ‘for the manifestation of his patriotism in decorating the town hall with national emblems and trophies.’ August 21st, The treasurer was authorized to borrow twenty thousand dollars to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars ‘to each inhabitant of Dorchester’ who shall enlist for nine months and be credited to the quota of the town.

1863. November 28th, The selectmen, John Amory Davis, Henry S. Adams, Robert Johnson, and Henry L. Pierce, were appointed to superintend recruiting, pay bounties, and fill the quota of the town; the treasurer was authorized to pay all bills contracted by the committee, and for that purpose to borrow not exceeding fifteen thousand dollars.

1864. March 15th, A similar vote was passed. June 16th, Sixteen thousand dollars were appropriated for the payment of bounties and recruiting expenses. Several other votes were passed during this and the succeeding year to the same effect.

Dorchester furnished thirteen hundred and forty-two men for the war, which was a surplus of one hundred and twenty-three 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 one hundred and twenty-five thousand three hundred and nineteen dollars and thirty cents ($125,319.30). In addition to this sum $33,020.00 were raised by private subscription by the citizens for war purposes.

The amount of money paid by the town during the war for State aid to the families of enlisted men, and repaid by the

Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $2,788.29; in 1862, $14,047.20; in 1863, $18,273.50; in 1864, $17,500.00; in 1865, $13,000.00. Total amount, $65,606.99.

The ladies of Dorchester did so much for our soldiers that an abstract of their good works would give no adequate idea of them. We have been furnished by Nathaniel Tileston with very full notes of what was done; we can only say that the ladies of no town in the Commonwealth have a more patriotic

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