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 1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon questions relating to the war was held on the 7th of May, at which the town voted to raise by taxation four thousand dollars for the enlistment and equipment of a company of volunteers, and to provide for the families of those who may enlist. December 11th, Two thousand dollars were appropriated for aid to soldiers' families. 1862. July 22d, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years military service, and who is mustered in to the credit of the town, ‘in addition to the bounty offered by the Government.’ August 21st, Fifty dollars were added to the bounty ‘of each of the last eleven volunteers.’ The bounty to volunteers for nine months service was fixed at one hundred dollars, which on September 4th was raised to one hundred and fifty dollars. 1863. December 11th, Perley Gould and Charles W. Moore were chosen ‘to confer with committees of Northbridge and Uxbridge in relation to filling the quota of this town.’ Charles W. Moore, Lyman Parsons, George P. Bryant, and James H. Dudley were chosen ‘to call a war meeting next Monday, and to call all other meetings they shall deem necessary to carry out the object of this meeting.’ 1864. July 7th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years service and be credited to the town, ‘under any call of the President before the 1st of March, 1865, and any unappropriated money raised to reimburse individuals who had contributed of their private means to pay bounties may be used for this purpose.’ The treasurer was also authorized to borrow two thousand dollars in addition thereto. August 30th, Voted, to pay the bounties in gold. 1865. The town voted to raise six thousand five hundred dollars to reimburse citizens who had voluntarily contributed of their private means to pay bounties and encourage recruiting. Douglas furnished about two hundred and fifty men for the war, and at the end had a surplus of fourteen over and above all demands. Five were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on
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