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[643] to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer for nine months service. The treasurer was authorized to borrow eleven thousand dollars to pay these bounties.

1863. August 29th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow three thousand dollars for aid to the soldiers' families. December 10th, Six hundred dollars were voted for recruiting expenses, and a committee of two was chosen to aid the selectmen in obtaining volunteers. Twelve dollars a month was voted to the family of Michael Kennefield, ‘as special relief so long as he shall remain in the United States service.’ Five hundred dollars were appropriated to be used by the selectmen at their discretion for the relief of soldiers' families in excess of the amount allowed by law.

1864. March 7th, Eight thousand dollars were appropriated for State aid to soldiers' families. April 4th, The bounty to volunteers for three years service was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars (and so continued until the end of the war), and the treasurer was authorized to borrow the money to pay the same. The same amount of bounty was directed to be paid to each volunteer, under previous calls of the President, who had not received that amount from a fund contributed by the citizens of the town.

Several other meetings were held, at which money was appropriated for the payment of bounties to volunteers and State aid to their families.

Leominster furnished four hundred and four men for the war, which was a surplus of thirty-two over and above all demands. Fourteen were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-one thousand one hundred and thirty-nine dollars and thirty-eight cents ($31,139.38).

The amount of money paid by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $2,101.05; in 1862, $5,126.03; in 1863, $5,286.00; in 1864, $5,333.73; in 1865, $3,900.00. Total amount, $21,746.81.

The record of the Ladies' Soldiers-Aid Society of Leominster is nobly remarkable. They held one hundred and fifty-eight

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