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[36] recruit of two hundred and fifty dollars, when mustered in and properly credited to the quota of the town; or they could be paid the bounty before being mustered, upon ‘giving satisfactory security to the selectmen that the money would be refunded if the volunteer did not pass an examination and was rejected.’ The treasurer was authorized to borrow money sufficient to meet the expenditure. On the 19th of August another formal meeting was held; and the town voted to pay the same amount of bounty to volunteers for nine months service, three-quarters of the amount to be paid to the recruit when accepted, mustered in, and credited, and the remaining quarter when he was honorably discharged from the service. The treasurer was authorized to borrow five thousand dollars to pay the same.

These appear to have been the most important votes which were passed in relation to the payment of bounties. Other votes for the payment of State aid to the families of the volunteers were passed each year until the end of the war. Although the information received from Dennis is not so full and complete as we have received from many of the other towns, yet the result shows that few towns were more active in the good cause, or came out of the war with a better record.

Dennis reported in 1866 to have furnished two hundred and twenty men for the war, which is considerably below the actual number. Including the men in the navy, Dennis must have furnished about three hundred and seventy men, as at the end of the war the town had filled its quota in every call of the President, and had a surplus of forty-three men over and above all demands. None of the men in the military service 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-two thousand six hundred and fifty-two dollars and sixty-six cents ($22,652.66).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war for aid to the families of volunteers, and which was afterwards refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $32.00; in 1862, $582.63; in 1863, $952.66; in 1864, $1,334.15; in 1865, $912.17. Total amount, $3,813.61.

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