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 to fill the quota, ‘then to secure them wherever they may be obtained.’ The treasurer was authorized to borrow money. It was also voted that ‘any person who may be drafted from this town during the war shall be liberally provided for during his term of service.’ August 20th, The selectmen were directed to take legal advice in regard to raising money and paying monthly pay to volunteers, and to be governed thereby. August 29th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer enlisting for nine months military service, to the credit of the town; and the treasurer was authorized to borrow money. 1863. No vote appears to have been taken during this year in regard to military matters. 1864. February 9th, A committee of five was chosen by ballot to aid the selectmen in recruiting men to fill the quota of the town. April 12th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer enlisting to the credit of the town; and the treasurer was authorized to pay three hundred and seventy-five dollars to certain citizens who had advanced this amount for recruiting purposes. June 29th, The same amount of bounty was voted to be paid to any one enlisting to the credit of the town in the army or navy. July 28th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow twenty-seven hundred and fifty dollars to pay bounties, and the selectmen were directed to continue recruiting. Nothing further of importance appears to have been done during the year, and recruiting continued. 1865. May 19th, The town voted to raise thirty-four hundred and sixty dollars to repay money advanced by individual citizens for the encouragement of recruiting. Topsfield furnished one hundred and thirteen men for the war, which was a surplus of six over and above all demands. Five were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was fourteen thousand seven hundred and forty-six dollars and thirty-five cents ($14,746.35). 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
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