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 1864. March 22d, Voted, ‘that the selectmen be instructed to procure as many volunteers as may be thought necessary to fill our quota, by appropriating for each what money the law allows; and the sum that may be expended beyond the one hundred and twenty-five dollars, or the limit of the law, be, and is hereby voted, and the selectmen be instructed to assess on the polls and estates of the inhabitants of Peru said sum.’ The selectmen were authorized to use the credit of the town to pay bounties. August 1st, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer ‘to fill the present call.’ The treasurer was authorized to borrow six hundred and twenty-five dollars. One man in each school district was chosen to canvass the town for recruits. December 5th, The selectmen were directed to raise as many recruits as possible in anticipation of other calls, ‘without limiting the amount of bounty paid.’ Peru furnished forty-four men for the war, which was a surplus of three over and above all demands. None of them were commissioned officers. The whole amount appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was three thousand three hundred and sixty dollars ($3,360.00). The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers during the four years of the war, and which was afterwards repaid to it by the Commonwealth, is as follows: In 1861, $72.83; in 1862, $311.03; in 1863, $319.50; in 1864, $240.00; in 1865, $225.00. Total amount, $1,168.36.
John C. West, Henry Colt, and Chauncey Goodrich. The town-clerk in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864, was James Warriner; in 1865, James M. Barker. The town-treasurer during all of these years was Josiah Carter. 1861. A large meeting of the citizens of Pittsfield was held on the 18th of April; at which a committee was appointed to
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