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 were directed to continue the payment of State aid to the families of deceased volunteers the same as was paid when the soldiers were living. November 4th, The selectmen were directed to pay volunteers for nine months, who went into camp, but who were not required to fill the quota of the town, each the sum of twenty-five dollars ‘for their lost time and other expenses.’ 1863. January 17th, The selectmen were directed to pay nine hundred dollars to volunteers who have entered the military service as substitutes ‘to relieve the town from a draft.’ April 6th, The selectmen were authorized to continue the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers. 1864. April 29th, Four thousand two hundred and fifty dollars were raised to procure a portion of the quota of the town from the Commonwealth. June 4th, The selectmen were directed to enlist twenty men ‘as soon as possible,’ to answer for any future call of the President up to March, 1865. 1865. March 6th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars each to five re-enlisted veterans. May 10th, Voted, to raise four thousand five hundred dollars to refund to individuals money they had subscribed in 1864 for recruiting purposes. 1866. March 5th, Six hundred and fifty dollars were appropriated to erect a monument in honor of the men of Ashfield ‘who had sacrificed their lives to sustain the Government against the slave-holders' Rebellion.’ Ashfield furnished one hundred and twenty-four men for the war, which was a surplus of sixteen over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-two thousand two hundred and seventy-nine dollars ($22,279.00). The amount of money raised and expended during the years of the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $132.42; in 1862, $1,180.24; in 1863, $1,702.20; in 1864, $1,166.76; in 1865, $337.20. Total amount, $4,518.82.
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