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[273] left behind a comfortable home and fond parents, brothers, and sisters, for the hardships, privations, and dangers of the camp and battle-field, therefore—

Resolved, That each volunteer who has, or may, enlist from this town into the volunteer service of the United States, be allowed twenty dollars; and we beg them to be assured that it is accompanied with our most fervent prayer to Him ‘who ordereth all things well,’ for their safe return to us.

Doubts having been expressed as to the authority of the town to appropriate money for such a purpose, it was voted to take legal advice on the question before taking positive action upon the proposition. Subsequently, Judge David Aitken gave a written opinion that the town had no authority to make such an appropriation; and the subject was indefinitely postponed.

1862. July 29th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer enlisting for three years to the credit of the town, and seven hundred dollars were appropriated for this purpose. The same bounty was paid to men enlisting for nine months service, which was raised by private subscription. September 13th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow fifteen hundred dollars to pay bounties.

1863. Under the call of the President, in the summer of this year, for three hundred thousand more volunteers, the quota of Leyden was filled by draft. The number required was seven, and that number was drafted: four of whom paid commutation, and two procured substitutes, and one went to the war.

1864. Several meetings were held during this year, at which money was appropriated to pay bounties, to facilitate recruiting, and give State aid to the families of soldiers.

Leyden furnished sixty-nine men for the war, which was a surplus of six over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The total amount appropriated and expended by the town for military purposes, exclusive of State aid, was three thousand four hundred and seventy-one dollars and seventy-five cents ($3,471.75). In addition to this amount, $5,340.00 was raised by private subscription by the inhabitants of the town for the payment of bounties.

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