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[314] was held on the 16th of August, at which it was voted to pay the same bounty to volunteers for nine months service who should enlist, and be credited to the quota of the town.

1863. No action appears to have been taken by the town in relation to the war during this year, although recruiting was continued as before, and State aid was furnished to soldiers' families.

1864. On the 11th of April a town-meeting was held, at which it was voted to fix the bounty to volunteers for three years service, who shall be credited to the quota of the town, at one hundred and twenty-five dollars; and this bounty was continued to be paid until the end of the war.

1865. At a meeting held during this year, it was voted to refund to citizens, who had paid of their own means to assist recruiting, the sum of eight thousand and forty-one dollars.

Palmer, according to a return made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished three hundred and eleven men for the war, which was very nigh the exact number. The town furnished its full quota on every call of the President for men, and at the end of the war had a surplus of seventeen over and above all demands. Six were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-six thousand nine hundred and twenty dollars ($26,920.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $349.98; in 1862, $2,060.99; in 1863, $3,707.07; in 1864, $4,578.58; in 1865, $3,000.00. Total amount, $13,696.62.

The ladies of Palmer did much good work for the soldiers. The net profits of one fair held by them amounted to three hundred and forty-seven dollars. It is estimated that one thousand dollars in addition were raised by them for the benefit of the sick and wounded.


Incorporated Feb. 25, 1792. Population in 1860, 605; in 1865, 619. Valuation in 1860, $198,462; in 1865, $212,800.

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