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 1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters connected with the war was held on the 11th of May, at which it was voted to guarantee to each volunteer belonging to the town twenty-one dollars a month while in actual service, and one dollar a day while drilling previous to enlistment, not to exceed twenty days, ‘eight hours to constitute a day.’ Fifteen hundred dollars were appropriated to purchase uniforms for those who enlist, and one hundred dollars for expenses of raising a company of riflemen. The selectmen were directed to pay State aid to the families of the volunteers, not to exceed twelve dollars a month to any one family, ‘unless more is needed to make them comfortable.’ 1862. March 3d, Twenty-five hundred dollars were appropriated for State aid to soldiers' families. A committee was appointed to ascertain the names of the soldiers belonging to Uxbridge, ‘that their names may be preserved to posterity by causing the same to be entered upon the records of the town.’ July 23d, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years and be properly credited to the quota of the town. August 23d, The same bounty was authorized to be paid to volunteers for nine months service, to be paid when the quota of the town is filled; and if not filled by volunteers, and a draft takes place, then no bounty is to be paid. The treasurer was authorized to borrow money. September 4th, The restrictions in regard to paying bounties to nine-months volunteers were rescinded; and bounties to those who had enlisted, or who should enlist, were directed to be paid without conditions. November 4th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow twelve hundred dollars for State aid to soldiers' families. 1863. March 2d, The treasurer was authorized to borrow four thousand dollars for State aid to soldiers' families during the year. September 28th, Voted, that State aid be paid to the families of drafted men, the same as is paid to families of volunteers. December 1st, John W. Capron, Moses Taft, Charles A. Wheelock, Alvin Cook, Robert Taft, George W. Hobbs, and Samuel Taft were chosen to assist in recruiting, with authority to employ agents to proceed to the front and induce soldiers to re-enlist to the credit of the town.
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