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[214] hundred dollars was authorized to be paid to each volunteer for nine months service, when mustered in and credited to the town. Voted, that Captain Russell Sturgis, Jr., be authorized by the selectmen β€˜to hang out his flag and put up his posters, for the purpose of enlisting volunteers for his company in the Forty-fifth Regiment.’ The quota (twenty-five) were enlisted in a very short time.

1863. January 12th, The selectmen were directed to pay aid to the widows and children of deceased soldiers, until they shall have received a pension. March 9th, Six thousand dollars were appropriated to pay State aid to soldiers' families during the year.

1864. July 28th, The town voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer for three, two, or one year's service under the recent call of the President for men; and the treasurer was authorized to borrow money for the purpose. He was also directed to deposit money with the State treasurer to pay bounties for volunteers which the State might furnish to the credit of the town. Recruiting was thus continued during the year, and the same amount of bounty was paid to volunteers until the end of the war.

Manchester furnished one hundred and eighty-three men for the war, which was a surplus of eight 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 nine thousand four hundred and twenty-seven dollars ($9,427.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town in payment of State aid to the families of volunteers during the four years of the war, and which was subsequently refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,121.64; in 1862, $4,516.99; in 1863, $5,209.00; in 1864, $3,995.30; in 1865, $2,278.37. Total amount, $17,121.30.

The ladies of Manchester, in the early part of the war, formed a society called β€˜A Band of Work,’ the purpose of which was to work for the soldiers. They continued their patriotic and Christian labors until the end of the war, during which they sent forward at various times under-clothing, stockings,

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