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1863. February 4th, The following resolutions were adopted:—

Resolved, At this town-meeting, that we do take means and measures to bring home the remains of Edward Winslow, one of our soldiers who went forth in the defence of his country and to maintain one of the best governments on earth.

Resolved, That the selectmen be instructed to cause the remains of Edward Winslow to be removed to this town at the town's expense.

It was also voted to pay the widow and orphan children of Edward Winslow a gratuity of one hundred dollars. April 6th, ‘Voted, that the town assume the responsibility that those persons took upon themselves, of paying a bounty to Samuel Knowles and Hezekiah P. Hughes, in July last, as volunteers.’ August 7th, Voted, to pay the same State aid to the families of men who may be drafted ‘and actually enter the service of the United States as has been furnished to the families of volunteers.’ December 11th, A committee of twenty-five was chosen to assist the selectmen in recruiting volunteers to fill the quota of the town; also voted, ‘to sanction the doings of the selectmen in using all discretionary means in their power for raising volunteers, and that the town be responsible for their compensation.’

1864. February 4th, Voted, ‘to allow town aid to the dependants of volunteers who have enlisted in our town under the call of the President, Oct. 17, 1863, in amount to what is received by them for State aid; also to the widows, like town aid.’1 April 25th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist prior to March 1, 1865, for three years, and be credited to the town.

Truro furnished one hundred and forty-four men for the war, which was a surplus of fourteen over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war,

1 This vote was in effect to give aid to the families of volunteers in twice the amount that was allowed by law and reimbursed to the towns by the State. It was a literal voluntary gratuity by the town.

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