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 None of them were commissioned officers in the military service. There were probably some in the navy. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid to soldiers' families, was nineteen thousand four hundred and fifty-three dollars and seventy-three cents ($19,453.73). A considerable amount was voluntarily contributed by private citizens. The amount raised and expended by the town for aid to soldiers' families, and afterwards reimbursed to it by the State, was as follows: In 1861, 00; in 1862, $291.96; in 1863, $1,024.00; in 1864, $1,819.20; in 1865, $1,221.07. Total, $4,356.23. The ladies of Brewster in 1862 organized a Soldiers' Aid Society, which continued in operation until the close of the war, and did much good.
Josiah Hardy, Benjamin F. Freeman, Levi Eldridge, Jr. The town-clerk and town-treasurer during the same years was Josiah Mayo. 1861. Several citizens' meetings were held in Chatham during this year, at which action both by word and deed was taken to place the town in its true position as regards the war; but no formal town-meeting was called, as none was necessary. 1862. On the 22d of July a legal town-meeting was held, at which it was voted to pay a bounty of two hundred dollars to each volunteer who would enlist for three years military service, when mustered in and credited to the quota of the town; also to pay, to assist the family of each volunteer residing in the town, an amount not to exceed eighteen dollars a month.1 August 25th, Another meeting was held, at which it was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer for nine months service, when credited to the quota of the
1 This was six dollars more per month than the State would reimburse.
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