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 Ten thousand dollars were appropriated for the formation of a Home and Coast Guard. The American flag was ordered to be displayed from the City Hall until otherwise ordered. July 15th, A report was received, showing that Fort Phenix in Fairhaven, and Fort Taber in New Bedford, mounting eleven guns, had been manned by the Home Guard, and recommending an additional appropriation to maintain the same; and on the 29th of July five thousand dollars were appropriated. September 5th, The mayor was authorized to organize one or more companies ‘for the national army,’ the bounty to each member not to exceed fifteen dollars. November 20th, Fifteen hundred dollars were appropriated for State aid to soldiers' families. December 15th, Five thousand dollars were appropriated for the payment of soldiers' bounties. 1862. January 3d, A report was made that three companies of volunteers for three years military service had been organized. January 4th, This being the close of the municipal year, a report and resolution complimentary of the outgoing mayor, Hon. Isaac C. Taber, were unanimously adopted. July 10th, Seven thousand five hundred dollars were appropriated to establish a General Hospital for sick and wounded soldiers, provided the General Government should ‘decide to locate one in this city.’ Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who enlists for three years military service, to the credit of the city. Twenty-six thousand dollars were appropriated to pay the same. The use of the spacious City Alms House, capable of accommodating three hundred sick and wounded soldiers, was offered to the General Government, which offer was respectfully declined. August 18th, The bounty to volunteers was increased to two hundred and fifty dollars; and twenty thousand dollars were appropriated to pay the same. August 29th, Voted, to pay a bounty of two hundred dollars to each volunteer for nine months service. Twenty-five thousand dollars were appropriated to pay said bounties. October 21st, A further appropriation of five thousand dollars was made for the Home and Coast Guard, and twenty thousand for military bounties, which on the 13th of December was increased by a loan of twenty-six thousand dollars.
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