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 Government pay when in active service. The treasurer was authorized to borrow five thousand dollars to carry these votes into effect. 1862. July 23d, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who should enlist for three years and be credited to the quota of the town. August 25th, Voted, to pay the same bounty to nine-months men. September, A meeting was held for the relief of sick and wounded soldiers, and the families of those who had died in the service. Thirteen hundred dollars were voluntarily subscribed for these purposes. 1863. No action seems to have been necessary by the town in its corporate capacity in relation to the war during this year. 1864. March 7, The selectmen were authorized to continue recruiting, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer for three years service, and to borrow money to pay the same. Lancaster furnished one hundred and eighty-one men for the war, which was a surplus of ten over and above all demands. Six were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was seventeen thousand three hundred and sixty-four dollars and six cents ($17,364.06). The amount of money expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $327.02; in 1862, $1,839.14; in 1863, $2,756.02; in 1864, $2,545.00; in 1865, $1,550. Total amount, $9,017.18. The ladies of Lancaster were especially active in good works for the soldiers during all the war. They contributed $3,500 to the Sanitary Commission. The number of articles for hospital use was very great. After the war they kept one of their number as a teacher in the South at a yearly salary of five hundred dollars.
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