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[674] with the ‘relations of Mr. Trask, a deceased soldier from this town,’ in regard to the place of burial. If, in Maine, they were to appoint an agent to accompany his remains; if not, he would be buried in the cemetery in Southborough. The cemetery committee were directed ‘to lay out a good and conspicuous lot to be called “The patriot's lot,” ’ for the burial of soldiers belonging to the town. All expenses for the burials of volunteers to be paid by the town.

1863. March 2d, The selectmen were directed to cause the bodies of deceased soldiers belonging to Southborough to be brought home for burial at the expense of the town, if the relatives request it.

1864. April 4th, A bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars was authorized to be paid to each volunteer who enlists for three years, and is credited to the quota of the town.

1865. May 22d, Voted, to raise by taxation seven thousand dollars to pay individual citizens money contributed by them to encourage recruiting and to increase bounties.

Southborough furnished one hundred and ninety-eight men for the war,1 which was a surplus of fifteen over and above all demands. None were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was nineteen thousand one hundred and eighty-six dollars and twenty-one cents ($19,186.21).

The amount of money paid by the town for State aid to soldiers' families during the war, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $518.20; in 1862, $2,041.95; in 1863, $2,717.41; in 1864, $3,468.31; in 1865, $2,200.00. Total amount, $10,945.87.

The Ladies' Aid Society of Southborough held weekly meetings from August, 1862, until the end of the war, and did a great deal of good Christian work for the soldiers. They sent forward to the army and to the hospitals 2,237 different

1 The ‘Soldiers' Record’ of Southborough, a very excellent publication of one hundred and twenty-eight pages, prepared by Franklin Este and Richard Goddard, claims that the town furnished two hundred and nineteen men for the war.

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