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[317] voted to raise three hundred dollars to pay State aid to the families of soldiers living in the town, as provided by the act of the Legislature.

1862. July 12th, Voted, to raise sixteen hundred dollars, to be expended under the direction of the selectmen for the same purpose; and five hundred dollars were directed to be paid ‘for the benefit of the families or parents of volunteers belonging to the town who may have died in the service of their country.’ August 21st, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for nine months to fill the quota of the town. December 16th, Eight hundred dollars were appropriated to pay State aid to the families of volunteers.

1864. May 23d, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer, and to each substitute for a drafted man, who shall be credited to the quota of the town. July 9th, The selectmen were directed to borrow money, sufficient to reimburse to individuals the money subscribed by them to pay bounties, not to exceed one hundred and twenty-five dollars for each volunteer; also, that that amount shall be paid to each volunteer who shall hereafter enlist and be mustered into the United-States service to the credit of the town.

1865. April 2d, ‘Voted, to refund the money contributed by individuals in aid of, and for the purpose of, filling this town's quota.’

Southwick furnished one hundred and eighteen men for the war, which was a surplus of eight over and above all demands. Two 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 three hundred and seventy-three dollars ($14,373.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $87.94; in 1862, $959.65; in 1863, $1,800.06; in 1864, $1,900.96; in 1865, $855.64. Total amount, $5,604.25.

‘The ladies of Southwick did their full share of patriotic labor in aid of the soldiers all through the war.’


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