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[155] three hundred dollars, and the treasurer was authorized to borrow twenty-seven hundred dollars to pay it. A committee of seven was appointed to aid the selectmen in recruiting. August 14th, Voted, to pay a bounty of two hundred dollars to each volunteer enlisting to the credit of the town for nine months service. The selectmen and treasurer were authorized to borrow from time to time the amount of money that may be required to pay bounties, not to exceed in the aggregate six thousand dollars. Four more persons were added to the recruiting committee. August 30th, The vote limiting the amount to be borrowed to six thousand dollars was reconsidered, and the selectmen and treasurer were allowed to borrow whatever sums might be necessary to pay bounties and prevent a draft. Meetings were held nearly every week during the summer and autumn to encourage recruiting.

1863. March 2d, Voted, to raise six hundred dollars to pay aid to the families of volunteers. This sum was increased in April and June fourteen hundred dollars, and on the 24th of October it was still further increased six hundred dollars. November 3d, The treasurer was authorized to borrow ten thousand dollars for recruiting purposes.

1864. April 14th, Voted, to appropriate seventeen hundred and fifty dollars to pay bounties to fourteen men. April 12th, Voted, to borrow fifteen hundred dollars to pay bounties to twelve men; voted, to assess the sum of two thousand nine hundred and fifty dollars ‘to refund the voluntary tax, and for recruiting purposes.’ Several other meetings were held during the year, at which money was appropriated, and means taken to obtain volunteers to fill the quota of the town.

1865. January 9th, Voted, to raise fifteen hundred dollars to pay bounties to twelve volunteers.

Somerset was reported by the selectmen in 1866 as having furnished one hundred and ninety-seven men for the war, which may have been a little in excess of the credits which the town received; but Somerset filled its quota upon every call of the President, and at the end of the war had a surplus of fourteen over and above all demands. Four were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty

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