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1863. January 19th, Voted, to accept the doings of the selectmen in procuring substitutes for drafted men. April 6th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow, not exceeding two thousand dollars, for State aid to soldiers' families during the year. July 4th, Voted, to pay the treasurer of the Commonwealth the proportion of the town for bounties paid to volunteers, agreeably to section 9th of the 218th chapter of the Acts of 1863.

1864. May 23d, Voted, to pay one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each of the four drafted men, if they are accepted and mustered in, or procure substitutes; and the same amount to all others, under similar circumstances, until March 1, 1865. June 11th, Euclid Owen and S. II. Stowell were appointed recruiting agents of the town, and three thousand dollars were appropriated for recruiting expenses and the payment of bounties. August 30th, Six thousand one hundred and fifteen dollars were appropriated to refund money voluntarily advanced by individuals to aid recruiting, and to pay the amount expended by the town.1

Shutesbury furnished seventy-three men for the war, which was a surplus of five over and above all demands. None were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was six thousand one hundred and sixty-three dollars ($6,163.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers during the years of the war, and which was afterwards refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $29.42; in 1862, $646.85; in 1863, $1,297.44; in 1864, $1,647.20; in 1865, $800.00. Total amount, $4,420.91.


Incorporated Nov. 12, 1714. Population in 1860, 839; in 1865, 861. Valuation in 1860, $345,843; in 1865, $413,827.

1 The amount paid by individuals and reimbursed by the town was eighteen hundred and ninety-two dollars.

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