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[562] and wounded soldiers. The committee subsequently reported that the building was not required. August 7th, Voted, to increase the bounty for three-years volunteers fifty dollars, and fifty dollars additional to those who would enlist before the 15th of the month; and the treasurer was authorized to borrow money for that purpose. August 30th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer for nine months service to fill the quota of the town. December 15th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to volunteers who enlist for three years and are credited to the quota of Mattapoisett. Thomas Nelson was appointed special recruiting agent for the town.

1863 and 1864. The authorities continued to recruit men and pay bounties during these years, but no special action appears to have been taken by the town in its corporate capacity, except to appropriate money when it was necessary.

1865. In the warrant for the annual town-meeting in April was an article ‘to see if the town would authorize the selectmen to borrow money to pay bounties to keep the quota of the town filled.’ During the proceedings of the meeting, information was received of the fall of Richmond. The clerk noted the fact on the town-records in these words, written in large letters: ‘news of the capture of Richmond received.’ This memorable sentence will always attract the attention of those who may hereafter examine the town-records of Mattapoisett. In consequence of the good news, no appropriation was made to pay bounties to volunteers. The war was virtually at an end.

Mattapoisett furnished one hundred and fifty men for the military service, which was a surplus of eight over and above all demands; seven of whom were commissioned officers.1 The whole amount of money appropriated and expended on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was seven thousand one hundred and ten dollars ($7,110.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town

1 Sixty-five men of Mattapoisett served in the navy, of whom thirty-two were warrant-officers.

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