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 money for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers. A vote of the same nature was passed each year of the war. 1864. March 28th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow ten thousand dollars for the payment of bounties to volunteers. August 8th, The bounty to volunteers, enlisting for three years and credited to the quota of the town, was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and so remained until the end of the war. 1865. May 8th, Voted, to raise thirty-three thousand dollars to refund to individuals the money voluntarily contributed by them to fill the quotas of the town under the several calls of the President for volunteers during the year 1864. Northampton furnished seven hundred and thirty-nine men for the war, which was a surplus of fifty-nine over and above all demands. Thirty-nine were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was seventy-seven thousand four hundred and fifty-two dollars and ninety-one cents ($77,452.91). The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to the soldiers' families, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,611.72; in 1862, $8,044.98; in 1863, $10,738.89; in 1864, $10,597.31; in 1865, $5,611.64. Total amount, $36,604.54. The ladies of Northampton formed a Soldiers' Aid Society at the commencement of the war, with Miss Martha Cochrane as president. It met once a week for the purpose of making garments, packing boxes, and forwarding the same to the Sanitary and Christian Commissions. Their labors were very great, and their contributions very liberal, and were continued until the return of peace rendered further efforts unnecessary.
James M. Cowan, Warren
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