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[308] a bounty of two hundred dollars to each volunteer who enlists for nine months to the credit of the town; also, to borrow one thousand dollars to pay State aid to the soldiers' families.

1863. October 9th, The treasurer of the town was authorized ‘to borrow such sums of money as may be necessary to adjust certain accounts of money paid to volunteers.’ December 18th, A committee of nine was appointed to act in concert with the selectmen in procuring volunteers to fill the quota of the town, and to procure and disburse money subscriptions in aid of recruiting. The meeting voted to act as a committee of the whole in aid of the same objects.

1864. April 25th, The town voted to raise by a tax four thousand two hundred and fifty dollars to pay bounties to thirty-four men enlisting to the credit of the town. June 4th, Voted, to authorize the treasurer to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars up to March 1, 1865, to each recruit who shall be mustered into the service of the United States and credited to the quota of the town.

Longmeadow furnished one hundred and thirty-nine men for the war (of whom fourteen were substitutes put in by individual citizens at their own expense), which was a surplus of thirteen over and above all demands. Three were commissioned officers. The amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirteen thousand six hundred and fifty-five dollars and seventy-seven cents ($13,655.77). The amount contributed by private subscription for the same purpose was $15,234.50, making the total amount $28,890.27.

The amount of money raised and expended for State aid to soldiers' families during the war, and afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $64.63; in 1862, $670.39; in 1863, $1,477.60; in 1864, $1,176.76; in 1865, $593.46. Total amount, $3,982.84.


Incorporated Feb. 28, 1774. Population in 1860, 1,174; in 1865, $1,233. Valuation in 1860, $440,734: in 1865, $455,050.

The selectmen in 1861 were Benjamin Sikes, Roderick Collins,

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