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[63] 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864, was Ezra C. Ticknor; in 1865, James H. Edwards.

1861. There does not appear to have been any action taken by the town, in its corporate capacity, in relation to the war during this year.

1862. There having been a call made, July 4th, for 300,000 men, by the President, of which Massachusetts was to furnish fifteen thousand, each town was assigned its quota; therefore, on the 21st of July, a legal town-meeting was held, to consider the means which the town should take to fill its quota; and it was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer (‘or seventy-five dollars to each drafted man, in event of a draft’) who shall enlist for three years, and be mustered in and credited to the quota of the town. Nine men immediately enlisted, and each received a bounty of one hundred and thirty-five dollars, ten dollars having been added to the town bounty ‘by some of the loyal men of the town.’ Another meeting, properly called, was held on the 26th of August, at which the town ‘Voted, to authorize the selectmen to pledge the credit of the town to any amount that may be necessary, to pay to each volunteer soldier required of this town, under the late call of the President for 300,000 nine-months men, the sum of three hundred dollars.’ Under this vote, nine men enlisted, and each received a bounty of three hundred dollars. November 4th, The selectmen were instructed ‘to furnish aid to the families of volunteers from Alford in the United-States military service.’

1863. On the 19th of December a town-meeting was held, and Ezra C. Ticknor was appointed ‘to be an agent to procure volunteers to fill the quota of the town.’ He enlisted two men, to each of whom was paid a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars.

1864. April 7th, The town voted, ‘to pay one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer to the extent of its quota under the late call of the President for 200,000 men. Under this vote, no volunteer was procured; but nine men were drafted, each of whom paid three hundred dollars commutation money.’ Another legal town-meeting was held on the 2d of July. The

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