1862. A special town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 19th of July. At this meeting ‘a secesh flag,’ taken at the capture of New Orleans, was presented to the town by Captain Josiah Snow, formerly a citizen of Orleans. The town then voted to pay each of its citizens who would enlist in the military service of the United States, and be credited to the quota of the town, a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars; ‘and to pay town aid of one dollar a week to each parent, wife, or child of every volunteer so enlisting.’ 1863. No formal town-meeting to act upon matters connected with the Rebellion appears to have been held during this year, although the greatest activity prevailed among the citizens in recruiting volunteers, and giving proper assistance to the soldiers' families. 1864. At a meeting held on the 25th of April, the town voted ‘to raise the sum of one hundred and twenty-five dollars for each and every one of its quota called for by the President, Oct. 17, 1863, and Feb. 1, 1864; and that the sum be expended in refunding money paid by individual subscription, in procuring this town's proportion of troops called for at the aforesaid dates.’ Two other meetings were held during this year, but no change was made in the manner of recruiting men or in the payment of bounties. 1865. At the meeting held on the 6th of March, the following vote was passed:--
Voted, ‘To pay one hundred and twenty-five dollars each for fourteen men recruited as part of the quota of Orleans, under the call for troops, Dec. 17, 1864, and to deposit one thousand dollars with the State treasurer to secure a portion of the men recruited from the rebel States.’The amount of money raised by private subscription, during the four years of the war, amounted in the aggregate to eighteen thousand three hundred and eleven dollars and twenty-two cents for the enlistment of seventy-six men, which was subsequently refunded by vote of the town, at the rate of one hundred and twenty-five dollars for each of the men recruited.