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[252] payment of bounties to volunteers and State aid to their families.

1863. No action appears to have been necessary by the town, in its corporate capacity, during this year in relation to the war, though recruiting was continued, and State aid was paid to the soldiers' families as before.

1864. On the 29th of March the selectmen were directed ‘to keep on recruiting,’ and to ‘fill the quota of the town on the best possible terms.’ This course appears to have been pursued until the end of the war.

West Newbury furnished two hundred and sixty-seven men for the war, which was a surplus of thirty-four over and above all demands. Twelve were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-six thousand two hundred and forty dollars and forty-three cents ($36,240.43).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war in payment of State aid to the families of volunteers, and which was afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,694.02; in 1862, $5,389.50; in 1863, $5,117.23; in 1864, $4,857.44; in 1865, $4,000.00. Total amount, $21,058.19.

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