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 each school-district was appointed to obtain volunteers, and to pay each a bounty of one hundred dollars when mustered into the military service for three years and properly credited to the quota of the town. On the 20th of August another meeting was held, and a committee of nine was appointed ‘to obtain a war fund by individual subscription.’ On the 8th of September the town voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for nine months service and be mustered in and credited to the quota of the town; and on the 1 6th of December the selectmen were authorized to pay the same amount of bounty to each volunteer for three years military service. 1863. At a special town-meeting held on the 28th of July, the selectmen were directed ‘to loan to each inhabitant of Marshfield who may be drafted into the military service, or who may procure a substitute, one hundred and fifty dollars, and to take a note from each bearing interest at the rate of one mill per annum.’ 1864. At the annual town-meeting held on the 7th of March, it was voted ‘that the income of the “Hatch fund” be appropriated for the benefit of soldiers' widows.’ On the 29th of April the town voted ‘to assess a tax of twenty-five hundred dollars for the purpose of promoting enlistments;’ and on the 16th of June the town voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars ‘to each re-enlisted veteran soldier who has not received that amount,’ and who belongs to the quota of Marshfield. 1865. A special meeting was held on the 24th of July, at which the selectmen were appointed ‘to ascertain and report the best method the town could adopt to express our cheerful reception and hearty welcome to our returned volunteers.’ It is needless to add a proper reception was given them. Marshfield, according to the return made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished two hundred and fifty-four men for the war, which we believe to be a few more than it received credit for. The town however furnished its full quota upon every call made by the President for men, and at the end of the war had a surplus of eighteen over and above all demands. Seven were commissioned
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