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[629] aid to the families of volunteers from that town as provided by law.

1862. April 26th, Voted, that aid to the soldiers' families ‘be continued the same as last year.’ July 23d, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer enlisting to the credit of the town for three years service ‘on or before the fifteenth of August next, to the number of forty, as called for by the Governor of the Commonwealth,’ and the sum of five thousand dollars was appropriated ‘to carry the same into effect.’ August 23d, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer enlisting for nine months service. John Ashley, S. K. Pierce, John M. Moore, L. W. Brown, and James H. Greenwood were chosen a committee to recruit the men. Six thousand dollars were appropriated for this purpose. October 11th, The same bounty was authorized to be paid to twenty-three nine-months volunteers ‘over and above the quota called for from the town.’

1863. June 27th, The selectmen were authorized to draw from time to time upon the treasurer for money to pay aid to the families of the soldiers.

1864. April 4th, The bounty was raised to one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer for three years service. April 20th, Voted, to refund to citizens the money paid by them to furnish recruits under the call of the President dated October 17, 1863, not to exceed one hundred and twenty-five dollars for each recruit furnished by them. Two other war meetings were held during the year. Recruiting continued until the end of the contest.

1865. April 4th, Money was appropriated to pay aid to the soldiers' families.

Gardner furnished two hundred and eighty-seven men for the war, which was a surplus of eighteen over and above all demands. Six were commissioned officers. The total amount of money raised and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-three thousand and sixty-two dollars and twenty-seven cents ($23,062.27). In addition to this, thirteen thousand three hundred and forty-three dollars and seventy cents were raised by voluntary subscription.

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