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[533] August 28th, Voted, ‘that the doings of the selectmen in paying the sum of one hundred dollars to each volunteer, in addition to the bounty voted by the town July 21st, be and the same are hereby ratified and confirmed.’ Voted, to pay a bounty of two hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for nine months, and be credited to the quota of the town, on or before the second day of September next. The treasurer was authorized to borrow the money. December 8th, The vote restricting the time for enlistment was reconsidered, and the doings of the selectmen and treasurer were approved.

1863. No meeting appears to have been held by the town in its legal capacity during this year to act upon matters relating to the war.

1864. March—, The selectmen were directed to continue the payment of State aid. April—, Voted, to raise by direct taxation eight thousand dollars for recruiting purposes, and to refund to citizens money which they had contributed for the encouragement of recruiting. August 8th, The bounty to each volunteer for three years service, who should thereafter enlist and be credited to the quota of the town, was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars. The treasurer was authorized to borrow money to pay the same.

1865. January 2d, The same bounty was continued; and it was voted to pay the recruiting officers of the town two dollars a day and ten cents a mile for travel while they have been or shall be engaged in procuring volunteers for the town. August 14th, Voted, to reimburse ‘to the citizens such sums as they have paid for the purpose of filling the quotas of the town during the past year.’

Wrentham furnished three hundred and thirty-six men for the war, which was a surplus of seventeen over and above all demands. Ten 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-one thousand five hundred and thirty-one dollars and twenty-three cents ($31,531.23).1

1 Dr. O. Brown took a very active part in raising Company I of the Eighteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, of which he was appointed Assistant Surgeon. Rev. W. L. Ropes contributed liberally of time and money, and in various ways exhibited his ardent patriotism.

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