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1863. No action appears to have been taken by the town, in its corporate capacity, during this year, in matters relating to the war, although recruiting went on, and the payment of State aid to the soldiers' families was continued.

1864. On the 18th of April the selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars ‘to each volunteer, or drafted man, for three years service, who shall be mustered into the military service and credited to the quota of the town;’ and the treasurer was authorized to borrow money to pay the same. On the 30th of June the treasurer was authorized to borrow money, not exceeding ten thousand dollars, to be used by the selectmen as they may deem expedient, to encourage enlistments, and to fill the quota of the town ‘upon any call, or calls, made by the President, which hereafter he may issue.’

Monson, according to a return made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished one hundred and eighty men for the war, which was at least one hundred less than the town actually furnished, as it filled its quota upon every call made by the President, and at the end of the war had a surplus of eighteen over and above all demands. Three were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty thousand four hundred and eighty-eight dollars and thirty-six cents ($30,488.36).

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, $384.70; in 1862, $1,504.38; in 1863, $2,649.92; in 1864, $3,292.76; in 1865, $2,000.00. Total amount, $10,031.76.

The ladies of Monson ‘worked constantly and faithfully, as only mothers who have sons in need of their assistance can work. Packages of food and clothing were sent to the army often during the war.’


Incorporated Nov. 28, 1780. Population in 1860, 371; in 1865, 354. Valuation in 1860, $156,175; in 1865, $158,850.

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