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 The town-clerk during all the years of the war was William T. Hall. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864 was Benjamin H. Dewing; in 1865, John F. Fenno. 1861. No action appears to have been taken by the town in its corporate capacity in relation to the war during this year, although the families of the soldiers belonging to the town were properly cared for by the selectmen. 1862. March 10th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow not exceeding seven hundred dollars for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers. July 19th, Voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who enlists for three years and is credited to the quota of the town, and the treasurer was authorized to borrow fifteen hundred dollars to pay the same.1 August 19th, The bounty to each volunteer was increased to two hundred dollars, including those for nine months service. The treasurer was authorized to borrow not exceeding two thousand dollars to pay the same. November 4th, The treasurer was directed to borrow one thousand dollars for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families. 1863. April 6th, Five hundred dollars were appropriated for State aid to soldiers' families. November 3d, The treasurer was directed to pay the State Treasurer ‘the balance due as assessed against the town on bounties paid to soldiers.’ 1864. March 7th, Voted, to raise one thousand and fifty-six dollars for State aid. April 4th, The treasurer, under the direction of the selectmen, was authorized to borrow not exceeding twelve hundred dollars ‘for the purpose of filling the quota of men under the last call of the President for volunteers.’ May 30th, Fifteen hundred dollars were appropriated to reimburse citizens who had advanced of their own means money for recruiting purposes. Twenty-five hundred dollars were also appropriated for the payment of bounties to volunteers.
1 At this meeting a letter was read from Captain William B. Eaton of North Chelsea, commanding the United States barque Ethan Allen, presenting a rebel flag captured by him near Tampa Bay, Florida, from a blockade runner; which created much enthusiasm, and called forth several patriotic speeches from prominent citizens. A vote of thanks was passed to Captain Eaton.
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