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[677] and twenty-five dollars. The selectmen were authorized ‘to set apart a suitable plot of ground in the public cemetery for the erection of a monument to the soldiers of Southbridge who have died or may hereafter die in the service of their country during this war.’

1865. March 6th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow money for the payment of State aid during the year to the families of soldiers.

1866. March 6th, Thirty-five hundred dollars were raised to refund to persons who have paid money ‘upon subscriptions used for recruiting purposes.’

Southbridge furnished four hundred men for the war, which was a surplus of nineteen over and above all demands. Four 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 thirteen dollars and sixty-five cents ($17,313.65). In addition to which $5,767.00 were voluntarily contributed by individual citizens and not refunded by the town.

The amount paid by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $623.36; in 1862, $3,349.49; in 1863, $5,058.75; in 1864, $5,786.38; in 1865, $3,550.00. Total amount, $18,367.98.

The ladies of Southbridge ‘worked with increased interest until there was no further call for supplies for our men in field and hospital, and voted on the 11th of July, 1865, to devote the stock on hand and the funds, so far as deemed best, for the relief of sick soldiers of our own town. We continued our meetings until the spring of 1866, and sent boxes of clothing, etc., and $150.00 in money to the Freedmen's Relief Association, New York; also, a bundle of clothing and $23.00 to the Soldiers' Memorial Society, Boston.’ This is an extract from a note written by Mrs. M. F. Leonard.

From the Globe Village (in Southbridge) we have a note written by Mary C. Hartshorn, from which we learn that a Soldiers-Aid Society was formed there in August, 1862, which sent money and other contributions to the soldiers to the amount

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