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[64] selectmen were authorized ‘to borrow money sufficient to pay one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer, not to exceed ten,’ who would enlist and be credited to the quota of the town. [‘Under the above vote, the selectmen procured, by voluntary subscription, eleven hundred and twenty-five dollars; and they procured three volunteers, paying two of them $550 each, and the other $500. The $1,125 with the $375 allowed by the town made $1,500, leaving the agent (H. W. Smith), who procured the men, $100 out of pocket, besides a liberal contribution towards the $1,125. The town, by a vote, refused to refund to its agent the $100 advanced by him, to save them from another draft.’]1 December 27th, The selectmen were authorized ‘to procure five volunteers, and pay to each a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars.’ ‘Five were procured, and received the bounty.’

Alford furnished thirty-three men for the war, as reported by the selectmen in 1866. It must have furnished at least fifty-five. At the end of the war, after having furnished its quota upon every call of the President, Alford had a surplus of four over and above all demands. None were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was five thousand three hundred and forty-eight dollars ($5,348.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town to aid the families of volunteers during the four years of the war, and which was afterwards refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, 00; in 1862, $669.47; in 1863, $1,316.00; in 1864, $646.68; in 1865, $302.66. Total amount in four years, $2,934.81.

In regard to the work done by the ladies of Alford, we make the following quotation from a letter:—

‘It is impossible to tell what was done by the ladies, as no record was kept; but I would say that three boxes of bedding, shirts, drawers, bandages, and hospital supplies, sent to our wounded heroes, proved ’

1 The words in brackets we do not fully comprehend: we have given them as we found them.

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