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 1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters in relation to the war, was held on the 3d of June; at which five thousand dollars were appropriated for State aid to the families of volunteers belonging to Williamstown. 1862. March 10th, The selectmen were directed ‘to continue to assist the families of volunteers.’ Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years service, and be credited to the quota of the town. Messrs. St. R. Hoxey, Harvey T. Cole, Calvin R. Taft, and Daniel Dewey were chosen a committee, with authority to borrow thirty-one hundred dollars to procure volunteers and pay bounties. Two hundred dollars were allowed for the personal expenses of said committee while in the performance of their duties. September 6th, The same bounty was directed to be paid to volunteers for nine months service. 1863. January 6th, The selectmen were directed to recruit volunteers to fill the quota of the town, and to pay each man, when properly credited to the quota of the town, a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars. March 14th, ‘Voted, to pay State aid to the families of all persons belonging to Williamstown in the military and naval service of the United States.’ 1864. August 8th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer for three years service, when credited to the quota of the town; and to appoint ‘a recruiting agent to be nominated by a meeting of the enrolled men of the town.’ A recruiting agent was appointed. December 20th, The same bounty was directed to be paid to volunteers under the new call of the President for more men; and the selectmen were authorized to borrow money to pay said bounties and the expenses of the recruiting agent. December 30th, ‘Voted, that the selectmen vigorously prosecute the work of enlistment until there shall be forty men enlisted.’ 1865. March 13th, The selectmen were directed to continue the payment of State aid to the soldiers' families during the year. Williamstown furnished two hundred and sixty men for the war, which was a surplus of eighteen over and above all
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