Resolved, That we will encourage patriotic men to offer their services as volunteers; and whenever they shall be called into service it is incumbent upon us to see that the families dependent on them for support are well provided for.The other resolutions recommended the payment of men for time spent in drilling, and the formation of a company in that representative district, and that the other representative districts in the Commonwealth do the same. Committees were appointed to carry out as far as practicable the recommendations of the meeting. The first legal town-meeting was held on the 4th of May, at which the selectmen were authorized to pay for uniforms and equipments, and to each volunteer one dollar a day while engaged in drilling, for twelve days, and one dollar a day while in the military service of the United States. Three thousand dollars were appropriated. July 4th, The selectmen were authorized to pay aid to the families of volunteers to the extent of twenty dollars a month to each family, and to the dependent parent, brother, or sister six dollars a month.1 1862. July 17th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer to the number of seventeen, who shall enlist for three years and be credited to the town. The selectmen were directed to act as a recruiting committee, and the treasurer to borrow money. August 27th, A bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars was authorized to be paid to volunteers for nine months service. November 4th, The selectmen were directed to pay State aid to the families of soldiers who die or ‘are maimed and broken down in health in the service;’ also, to furnish assistance to the friends of deceased soldiers to bring home the bodies for burial. 1863. July 22d, Voted, to pay State aid to the families of drafted men and substitutes belonging to Northborough. 1864. August 1st, The bounty to be paid to volunteers for three years service was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and so remained until the end of the war. November 8th, Voted, to assess a tax sufficient to reimburse citizens the money which they subscribed to encourage enlistments and fill the quotas of the town.
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1 This was considerably in excess of what was allowed by law. It was continued to be paid until July 27, 1862, when the town conformed to the statute.
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