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 1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon matters relating to the war was held on the 10th of May, at which it was voted to pay each married man who has enlisted or shall enlist in the military service during the rebellion the sum of fifteen dollars a month, and to each unmarried man ten dollars a month, independent of any pay he may receive from the General Government; and also to pay each man one dollar and twenty-five cents for each day spent in drilling during the next three weeks. John Glover, Wyman Abercrombie, Thompson Baxter, Jonathan Jameson, Henry Littlefield, and Edmund B. Taylor were chosen to carry the above votes into effect. 1862. July 21st, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars ‘to every man who has enlisted or who shall enlist’ for three years service and be credited to the quota of the town; ‘and to all those enlisting after ten days a bounty of one hundred dollars.’ The treasurer was authorized to borrow the money required to pay the same. August 26th, The selectmen were authorized to pay the same bounty to men who shall enlist in the nine-months service to the credit of the town, and one dollar a day from the date of enlistment until mustered into the military service. ‘Voted, to pay Captain Spears' Company an additional bounty, equal to one dollar a day for every day spent in drilling.’ September 11th, Voted, to raise a full company for nine months service, ‘and pay all residents of the town joining said company a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars when mustered into the United States service.’ 1863. August 10th, The selectmen were authorized to pay three dollars a week to the families or dependants of each person who has been drafted, who shall serve himself or by substitute, as a part of the quota of the town.1 1864. April 20th, The selectmen were authorized to continue to recruit volunteers until March 1, 1865, and to pay to each recruit a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars. Washington M. French, Albert Hayden, John Glover, Samuel
1 The town having no authority to pass this vote, the selectmen declined to pay under it.
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