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Resolved, That the citizens of Barnstable fully appreciate the heroic patriotism and noble principle of those of her sons who have enlisted to make up the quota asked for by the President in his call for three hundred thousand volunteers, to put down the present wicked rebellion against the Governmment and Constitution of our country.

Resolved, That we assure those who thus go forth in our behalf that we shall watch with fidelity their every footstep, as true soldiers in the campaign before them; that we have the utmost confidence that their valor will do honor to the town they represent, and the memory of those patriot fathers of ‘76, who went forth from the homes of Barnstable to battle for the independence and nationality of this glorious government.

Resolved, That we pledge our honor as men and citizens to take honorable and tender care of the families of our volunteers whilst they battle for our rights, our liberties, our property, and our honor.

Resolved, That the citizens of this town pledge their ready and most active and vigorous assistance, according to the full measure of our ability, now and hereafter, to the President and Government of the United States, to put down and extinguish for ever this treasonable and most atrocious rebellion against the best government on the face of the earth.

August 28th, The town voted to pay the same bounty, and on the same terms, to volunteers who would enlist for nine months service and be credited to the quota of Barnstable, that was offered to volunteers for three years service by vote of the town passed on the 16th. It also voted ‘that all taxes that may be assessed upon the nine-months volunteers for the year 1863 be remitted to them, and that their families be assisted by this town the same as the families of the three-years volunteers are assisted.’1 September 6th, It was resolved, ‘That we have the utmost confidence in the President of the United States, and that we will give him our cordial support in signing the Emancipation and Confiscation Act at as early a day as he may deem expedient.’

1 The town record says, ‘This meeting was the largest, and decidedly the most enthusiastic, of any one that has been held. It was enlivened by the singing of several patriotic pieces. Full one-third of the audience were ladies, who have manifested a considerable interest in this movement from the start.’

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