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1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters connected with the war, was held on the 1st of July; at which the selectmen were authorized to borrow money for the payment of State aid to families of volunteers.

1862. April 7th, ā€˜Voted, that the selectmen borrow and pay over to the families of volunteers, at the end of each month, the amount the State allows.ā€™ July 23d, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist within ten days for three years service, and be credited to the quota of the town. August 21st, Voted, to pay three-years volunteers a bounty of two hundred dollars, and those for nine months one hundred dollars.

1863. April 6th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow money for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers.

1864. April 4th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer for three years service. S. D. Thatcher was appointed recruiting agent for the town, with authority to pay, if necessary, a bounty of three hundred dollars to three-years volunteers, under any future call of the President for men; and the treasurer was authorized to borrow money for that purpose. Voted, to assess a tax of thirty-two hundred dollars.

1865. April 3d, Voted, to pay the expenses heretofore incurred in recruiting volunteers to fill the quota of the town; and to raise fifteen hundred dollars by taxation, for recruiting purposes in the future, and commutation-money to drafted men. The amount of commutation to free a man from service who had been drafted and accepted was three hundred dollars. The town allowed to each drafted man in Tyringham, who had been accepted, two hundred and fifty dollars for commutation-money; the remaining fifty dollars he was to provide himself.

Tyringham furnished about seventy-four men for the war, which was the exact number required to fill its quotas under the several calls of the President for volunteers. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was six thousand nine hundred and sixty dollars ($6,960.00).

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