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[552] not connected with said company. At the same meeting three thousand dollars were appropriated for aid to soldiers' families, and the selectmen were authorized ‘to apply the same as their judgment may dictate.’

1862. March 3d, The committee appointed in April preceding reported that they had expended one thousand three hundred and forty-nine dollars and seventy-seven cents “for Captain Luther Stephenson, Jr., Company I, Fourth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia (The Lincoln Light Infantry).” The committee in closing their report ‘congratulate the town on the fact that, at the commencement of the present great struggle for the supremacy of our Government over a wicked Rebellion, we had within our borders a military organization who promptly responded to the call made for their services,’ and ‘that we cannot but look back to that period when promptness of action was the great power required to secure the stronghold of the nation. That power we have the satisfaction of knowing was furnished by Massachusetts in sending to Washington and Fortress Monroe a few of her regiments, thus saving in the present contest, as we believe , thousands of lives and millions of treasure, and perhaps also the great cause of the Union itself. To have given aid for the accomplishment of objects of such inestimable value must ever be a gratifying thought to the soldiers and citizens of Hingham.’ A vote of thanks was given to the committee for their services. Five thousand dollars were appropriated for State aid to soldiers' families. July 19th, The bounty to three-years volunteers was fixed at one hundred dollars, which on the 15th of August was raised to two hundred dollars. August 29th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to nine-months volunteers. December 2d, The selectmen were authorized to increase the bounty to two hundred dollars, and the treasurer was authorized to borrow money for payment of the same.

1863. March 9th, Nine thousand dollars were placed at the disposal of the selectmen for aid to the families of volunteers. August 15th, Fifteen thousand dollars were appropriated in ‘aid of the wives, children, parents, brothers, and sisters of those inhabitants of the town who may be drafted, provided no more ’

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