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 increased to two hundred dollars. On the 3d of December the selectmen were directed to ascertain the exact number of men demanded of the town to complete its quota under the pending calls of the President for volunteers, and that they fill it up by ‘enlisting inhabitants of the town, if such can be obtained;’ and if not, then by enlisting men from other places. 1863. No action appears to have been necessary by the town, in its corporate capacity, during this year, in regard to furnishing men, or for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families, although recruiting was continued, and State aid was furnished as before. 1864. On the 14th of June a special town-meeting was held, at which it was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who would enlist for three years, and be mustered in to the military service and properly credited to the quota of the town; and if it was found that other towns paid a larger bounty, then the selectmen were authorized to pay each volunteer ‘such a bounty as in their judgment it was necessary, in order to complete the quota of the town.’ This appears to have been the practice of the town until the close of the war. Rowley furnished one hundred and twenty-nine men for the war, which was a surplus of fourteen over and above all demands. Five were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid to the families of volunteers, was twelve thousand three hundred and seventy-five dollars ($12,375.00). The amount of money raised and expended by the town in the payment of State aid to families of soldiers during the four years of the war, and which was afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $985.82; in 1862, $2,496.29; in 1863, $8,156.67; in 1864, $3,636.82; in 1865, $2,400.00. Total amount, $17,675.60.
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