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1864. March 14th, Voted, to continue the payment of State aid to soldiers' families, and to raise fifteen hundred dollars by taxation to refund money paid by citizens to encourage recruiting; also, five hundred dollars to pay bounties to re-enlisted veterans credited to the town. It was also voted, ‘to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to men who enlisted and were credited to the quota of West Bridgewater, and had received no bounty.’ At a meeting held on the 29th of July, it was voted to borrow twelve hundred dollars for recruiting purposes, and four thousand dollars were appropriated to repay citizens who had contributed of their private means to encourage recruiting.

1865. May 29th, Voted, to raise by taxation five thousand dollars to reimburse citizens who had paid of their personal means to increase bounties. A committee was appointed ‘to arrange and pay the same.’

West Bridgewater furnished about two hundred and nine men for the war, and at the close of the contest, after having filled its quota upon every call of the President, had a surplus of eleven over and above all demands. Four were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-one thousand nine hundred and fifty dollars ($21,950.00).

The amount of money paid for State aid by the town during the war to the families of volunteers, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $719.04; in 1862, $2,706.63; in 1863, $3,453.88; in 1864, $3,316.62; in 1865, $1,500.00. Total amount, $11,691.17.

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