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[121] our influence and means, to encourage their hearts, and awaken in their souls the true fire of patriotism, which they rightfully inherit from a noble ancestry.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the acting Captain of Company I, and published in the ‘Taunton Gazette.’

1863. At a special meeting on the 3d of August, the town voted to pay its proportion of money to the State treasurer, in accordance with section 9 of chapter 116 of the Acts of 1863. Also to pay State aid to the families of drafted men.

1864. On the 29th of March the town voted to refund to citizens the money they had contributed to pay bounties and encourage recruiting to fill the quota of the town on the last call of the President for volunteers. The treasurer was authorized to borrow the money. On the 5th of April the bounty to each volunteer who should enlist to the credit of the town was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars.

Several other meetings were held during the year, to raise money and means to obtain volunteers, pay State aid to soldiers' families, and to reimburse citizens who had advanced money to encourage recruiting.

The selectmen in 1866 reported that the town had furnished five hundred and twenty-four men for the war; but the real number was probably about six hundred and twenty-five, as the town at the end of the war had a surplus of twenty-six, after having filled its quota upon every call made by the President for men. Twenty were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was sixty-five thousand eight hundred and eighty-two dollars and fifty cents ($65,882.50).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war for the payment of State aid to the soldiers' families, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $3,876.80; in 1862, $11,092.47; in 1863, $12,853.56; in 1864, $12,050.81; in 1865, $6,500.00. Total amount in four years, $45,873.64.

The ladies of Attleborough, in their labors in behalf of the soldiers during the war, nobly fulfilled the promise made by them at the beginning.


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