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“  may deem proper” under the act of the Legislature approved March 28th, 1864; ‘which act allowed money to be raised by taxation to pay bounties to volunteers, but limited the amount to be paid to each volunteer to one hundred and twenty-five dollars.’ On the 9th of July, the town voted to avail itself of the provisions of this act. August 9th, The selectmen were authorized to pay the bounty prescribed by the act of March 28th, 1864, in gold. 1865. March 6th, Two thousand dollars were appropriated for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers during the year. May 13th, Voted, to raise by taxation sixty-five hundred dollars, to refund money subscribed and paid by citizens to encourage recruiting. West Stockbridge furnished one hundred and sixty men for the war, which was a surplus of eight 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, exclusive of State aid paid to soldiers' families, was seventeen thousand and twenty-six dollars and thirty-two cents ($17,026.32). The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers, and afterwards reimbursed to it by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $22.63; in 1862, $1,217.02; in 1863, $2,097.86; in 1864, $2,161.04; in 1865, $1,800.00. Total amount, $7,298.55.
John R. Bulkley, William E. Johnson, Nathan Field; in 1863 and 1864, Harvey T. Cole, William E. Johnson, Daniel Dewey; in 1865, Calvin R. Taft, Daniel Dewey, William E. Johnson. The town-clerk in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864, was Daniel Dewey; in 1865, Samuel T. Mather. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864, was Harvey T. Cole; in 1865, J. H. Whipple.
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