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[67] and the town-treasurer during the same period was R. M. Cole.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 18th of May; at which it was voted to authorize the selectmen to ‘borrow or raise money’ sufficient to carry out the provisions of the recent act of the Legislature in relation to the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers.

1862. On the 28th of July a special meeting was held, to consider the best means to fill the quota of the town under the late call of the President for three hundred thousand volunteers for three years service. The selectmen were authorized to pay each volunteer who enlists and is credited to Cheshire a bounty of one hundred dollars. September 10th, By vote of the town the selectmen were directed to pay the same bounty to volunteers for nine months service, who enlist and are credited to the quota of the town.

1863. At the annual meeting held on the 2d of March, the town voted to place the whole matter of paying State aid to soldiers' families with the selectmen, who were to act according to their discretion; and on the 26th of September they were directed to pay State aid to the families of drafted men the same as to volunteers.

1864. On the 5th of April a town-meeting was held, at which the selectmen were authorized to borrow money, and to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years military service, and be mustered in and credited to the quota of the town; and at another meeting, held on the 16th of December, they were directed to continue recruiting and the payment of bounties, ‘to fill the anticipated quota of the town’ under another call of the President for volunteers; and to borrow, not exceeding ten thousand dollars.

By the return made by the selectmen in 1866, Cheshire claims to have furnished one hundred and fourteen men for the war. The real number furnished was doubtless about one hundred and fifty, as at the end of the war Cheshire had a surplus of sixteen, after having filled its quota upon every call made by

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