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 those who would enlist previous to the twelfth of the month. August 23d, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer for nine months service. 1863. No action appears to have been necessary by the town during this year to keep up its contingent of men and to provide for the families of the volunteers. 1864. April 4th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer for three years service. June 14th, Voted, to raise five thousand dollars ‘to procure forty volunteers to be applied to the quota of this town in anticipation of any future call of the President.’ August 1st, Voted, to pay the same bounty to volunteers enlisting in the navy as paid to those in the military service. East Bridgewater furnished about three hundred and fifty men, and had a surplus at the end of the war of fifteen over and above all demands. Fourteen were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was fifty-five thousand seven dollars and three cents ($55,007.03). The amount of money raised and expended during the war for State aid, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $2,346.94; in 1862, $6,819.96; in 1863, $9,182.00; in 1864, $8,621.97; in 1865, $5,400.00. Total amount, $32,730.87. The ladies of East Bridgewater in January, 1862, organized for soldiers' work, and held weekly meetings until July, 1865. During this time they forwarded to the ‘New England Auxiliary Association,’ No. 18 West street, Boston, thirty-eight common shoe-boxes of clothing and other useful articles for the sick and wounded. As a sample of what each box contained we give in detail the contents of one; viz., 11 new shirts, 10 old shirts, 9 pairs cotton drawers, 3 pairs old pillow cases, 236 bandages, 1 package ravelled lint, 3 packages scraped lint, 7 handkerchiefs, 10 towels, 3 pairs woollen socks, several rolls of old linen and cotton. At the end of the war $367.35 remained in the hands of the treasurer, which was given in aid of a soldiers' monument.
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