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[246] appears to have been necessary during this year to obtain recruits and pay aid to the soldiers' families, although recruiting was continued by the selectmen, and State aid was continued to be paid to the families of the soldiers.

1864. On the 2d of April, after due consideration, a sum of money was appropriated sufficient to meet all demands against the town made by volunteers for extra State aid for their families, as promised them by a vote of the town passed July 10, 1861. The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years, and be mustered into the military service and credited to the quota of the town, under the then pending call of the President for men, and under whatever subsequent call that may be issued by him for more volunteers during the year. Five thousand dollars were appropriated to pay said bounties and State aid to the families of volunteers. This continued until the end of the war.

Swampscott furnished two hundred and nine men for the war, which was a surplus of twenty-two over and above all demands. Two were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town oh account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-seven thousand three hundred and seventy-five dollars ($27,375.00). In addition to this sum, there were raised by private subscription, for recruiting purposes, forty-four hundred dollars; and a further sum for the same purpose was raised by a voluntary tax of thirty dollars, imposed upon each person residing in the town who was liable to be drafted, which was cheerfully met and paid in all but six cases.

The amount of money raised and expended by the town in the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers during the four years of the war, and which was afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $854.95; in 1862, $3,036.44; in 1863, $3,632.42; in 1864, $2,400.00; in 1865, $1,100.00. Total amount, $11,023.81.


Incorporated Oct. 18, 1650. Population in 1860, 1,292; in 1865, 1,212. Valuation in 1860, $624,769; in 1865, $687,610.

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