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[680] in the army hospitals, the same to be paid by the selectmen ‘to the Ladies' Patriotic Relief Society of Sterling.’

1862. July 21st, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years military service and be credited to the quota of the town. The treasurer was authorized to borrow money to pay the same.1 September 12th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each citizen of Sterling who shall enlist in the company forming in the town for nine months service.

1863. No action appears to have been taken by the town in its corporate capacity during this year in relation to the war.

1864. April 4th, ‘Voted, to raise a sum equal to one hundred dollars per man of the quotas of this town under the orders of the President dated Oct. 17, 1863, and Feb. 1, 1864, and that from the money so raised there be refunded to each individual, who has contributed and paid any sum in aid of or for the purpose of obtaining the town's quotas under the said calls, the amount so contributed and paid by him.’ April 15th, Voted, to raise by loan seventeen hundred and fifty dollars to procure fourteen men to fill the quota of the town under the late call of the President for men. The town continued to raise money, recruit volunteers, and pay bounties to the end of the war.

Sterling furnished one hundred and seventy-eight men for the war, which was a surplus of thirteen over and above all demands. Eight were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty thousand four hundred and seventy-two dollars and sixty-nine cents ($20,472.69).

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, $205.15; in 1862, $1,610.55; in 1863, $3,519.02; in 1864, $2,834.64; in 1865, $1,700.00. Total amount, $9,869.36.

The town after the war erected a handsome granite monument

1 The town-record has this entry: ‘After a stirring speech by Rev. Dr. Putnam, of Roxbury, the meeting dissolved.’

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