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[297] hundred dollars were appropriated to pay the same. September 2d, W. E. Boise, Francis Bates, E. W. Shepard, and F. E. Knox were chosen ‘to act in concert with the selectmen,’ to immediately fill the quota of the town; in doing which they were authorized ‘to use the whole amount of the surplus revenue fund of the town,’ in the payment of bounties to men who enlist. This committee were not to charge for their services. December 6th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow money to pay aid to the soldiers' families.

1863. September 21st, The assessors were instructed ‘to abate the poll-taxes of our volunteers now in the service of the United States.’

1864. March 28th, One thousand dollars were appropriated to encourage enlistments and to fill the quota of the town. At a subsequent meeting the selectmen were instructed to borrow four thousand dollars for these purposes.

1865. August 16th, The selectmen were directed to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer, substitute or re-enlisted veteran, who shall be credited to the quota of the town.

Blandford, according to a return made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished eighty-nine men. We believe, however, that Blandford furnished about one hundred and ten men, as it filled its quota upon every call made by the President, and at the end of the war had a surplus of three over and above all demands. Four were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was fourteen thousand nine hundred and eighty-two dollars and five cents ($14,982.05).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers during the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, 00; in 1862, $719.82; in 1863, $1,590.97; in 1864, $1,248.92; in 1865, $399.55. Total amount, $3,959.26.

The ladies of each of the religious societies in Blandford formed sewing-circles to work for the soldiers, and contributed under-clothing, lint, bandages, blackberry and currant wines,

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