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[507] committee were directed to take all suitable means to bring home the bodies of soldiers belonging to the town who may die in the service, the whole expense to be borne by the town.

1862. January 3d, The selectmen were directed to have a proper military record kept of the men who enlisted from the town, in a book specially prepared for that purpose. April 7th, Five thousand dollars were appropriated for military purposes. July 19th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years and be credited to the quota of the town. The selectmen, clergymen, and all good citizens were requested to do all in their power to encourage enlistments. August 15th, The bounty was increased to two hundred dollars to three-years men, and fixed at one hundred dollars to nine-months volunteers. November 4th, The selectmen were directed to make suitable provision for the families of deceased soldiers, and for those who have been discharged for wounds or sickness. December 6th, Voted, to pay a bounty of two hundred dollars to drafted men.

The town continued to the end of the war to pay bounties and furnish aid to the families of soldiers. A number of public meetings were held to encourage recruiting.

Medway furnished three hundred and sixty men for the war, which was a surplus of thirty-one over and above all demands. Thirteen were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-five thousand five hundred and seventy-five dollars and sixty-two cents ($35,575.62).

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, $2,564.04; in 1862, $5,605.20; in 1863, $6,292.20; in 1864, $5,589.58; in 1865, $3,720.04. Total amount, $23,771.06.

The ladies of Medway did their full share of patriotic and Christian work for the soldiers all through the war.


Incorporated May 7, 1662. Population in 1860, 2,669; in 1865, 2,769. Valuation in 1860, $3,393,720; in 1865. $4,271,263.

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