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 1862. February 3d, The Committee of Distribution having reported that their duties had ended, a vote was passed thanking them for the acceptable manner in which they had performed their labors; and James Davis, Gorham P. Low, and Thomas J. Foster were appointed to consider the best method of disbursing the relief fund. State aid was authorized to be paid to the families of men who had enlisted in the two Bay-State regiments.1 March 21st, Twenty thousand dollars were appropriated for State aid to soldiers' families, to be expended under the direction of the selectmen. July 23d, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer who enlists for three years service, and is credited to the quota of the town. August 20th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who enlists for nine months, and is credited to the quota of the town. The treasurer was directed to borrow money to pay the same. 1863. A town-meeting was held on the 13th of July, at which the town voted to appropriate three thousand dollars for the defences of Gloucester harbor, to be expended under the direction of the selectmen, with the approval of the Governor and Council. At another meeting held on the 27th of October, three thousand dollars additional were appropriated for the same purpose. 1864. A special town-meeting was held on the 27th of June, when it was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years, and be credited to the quota of Gloucester. This amount of bounty continued to be paid until the end of the war. Gloucester, according to a return made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished eight hundred and fifty-two men for the war, which evidently did not include all who were in the navy. Gloucester must have furnished nearly twelve hundred men for
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