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[131] Taber, Edwin R. Almy, Ellery T. Taber; in 1865, Bartholomew Taber, Isaiah West, Frederick Taber.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all the years of the war was Tucker Damon, Jr.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters connected with the war, was held on the 4th of May; at which the selectmen were authorized to raise five thousand dollars to properly equip a guard for the protection of the harbor and coast, and to pay each volunteer who shall enlist from that town into the military service of the United States a sufficient sum to make his pay twenty-five dollars a month, ‘exclusive of rations.’ B. Ewer, Jr., John A. Hawes, and I. F. Ferry were appointed a committee to obtain from the Commonwealth arms and equipments for coast and harbor defence. July 20th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow five thousand dollars to defray any expenses incurred, or which may be incurred, for the organization and maintenance of an armed police to guard against an attack from sea; said police to be discontinued whenever the selectmen of Fairhaven and the mayor and aldermen of New Bedford shall deem it advisable. September 21st, The selectmen were authorized to borrow fifteen hundred dollars for the benefit of a military company to be raised in the town, and to pay each member fifteen dollars when mustered into the service.

1862. April 7th, The selectmen were directed to continue the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers. July 19th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years, and be credited to the quota of the town; and the selectmen were given full power to act in raising the men. August 23d, The bounty to three-years volunteers was increased fifty dollars, and the bounty to nine-months men was fixed at one hundred dollars. Arthur Cox, William H. Whitfield, George Atwood, Horace Scott, and Isaac Ferry were chosen to aid the selectmen in enlisting men.

1863. April 6th, An appropriation was made for State aid to soldiers' families for the year.

1864. April—, The selectmen were authorized to pay such bounties as they might think proper to volunteers enlisting to

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