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 1861. At the annual meeting before any call had been made for troops by the President, held on the 11th of March, it was voted “that all soldiers that enlist and are accepted be paid one dollar a day for time spent in drilling for one month from time of enlistment.” November 5th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow, not exceeding four hundred dollars, to aid the families of volunteers. 1862. March 3d, The selectmen were authorized to borrow one thousand dollars for aid to families of volunteers, ‘and to expend it as in their judgment circumstances may require.’ July 24th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each of the seventeen volunteers who shall enlist for three years service, to fill the quota of the town. September 5th, Voted, to pay the same bounty to volunteers for nine months service.1 1863. March 2d, Voted, to raise four thousand dollars to pay State aid to families of soldiers. 1864. Voted, to raise twelve hundred and fifty dollars to fill the quota of the town. May 24th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to men who were drafted and accepted in 1863. June 4th, Voted, to raise three thousand dollars to pay bounties of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each of twenty-four volunteers to fill the quota of the town. 1865. January 10th, The same bounty was voted to be paid during the year. Montague furnished one hundred and seventy-three men for the war, which was a surplus of sixteen over and above all demands. Five were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was seven thousand nine hundred and seventy dollars ($7,970.00). The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers during the years of the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $171.87; in 1862,
1 Individual citizens signed an obligation to indemnify the selectmen and treasurer for borrowing the money required by the two last votes, in case the action of the town should not be legalized.
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