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[61] patriotic things, which do not all appear upon the official records of the town.

The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 29th of April; at which a committee of seven was appointed, with authority ‘to use the funds of the town to the amount of twenty thousand dollars, to furnish aid to such military companies from the town as may be called into the service of the United States, and to aid their families when not otherwise provided for.’ On the 22d of June the town held a meeting, and voted that the care of the families of volunteers be intrusted to the selectmen, and that they be authorized ‘to use the moneys of the town as may in their opinion be needed;’ with the distinct and separate understanding ‘that such aid is in no sense a charity, but what of right belongs to families of volunteers.’

1862. A regular town-meeting was held on the 22d of July, at which it was voted ‘that one hundred dollars be paid from the town treasury to each person who shall enlist under the call of the Governor as one of the quota of the town.’ [This was the call of the President for 300,000 three-years volunteers.] The call for three hundred thousand men for nine months service followed in August. When that call was received, and Adams was informed of the number of men which it was to provide to meet its contingent, on recommendation of the town authorities ‘all business in the town was suspended for three days, and the time was devoted to raising the quota of the town: S. W. Bowerman was the leading person in the work.’

1863. From the transcript of the town records which we have received from Adams, it does not appear that any official action was taken by the town during this year; although we doubt not that recruiting was continued all the time, and State aid continued to be paid to the families of the soldiers.

1864. At a legal town-meeting held on the 2d of July, it was voted to pay henceforth a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who should enlist for three years military service, and be mustered in and credited to the quota of the town; the selectmen were also instructed to continue recruiting after the present demand for men was filled,

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