from “A History of Massachusetts In The Civil War,” Vol. II, by William Schouler, Late Adjutant-General of the Commonwealth. Page 617, Boston: E. P. Dutton & Co. Publishers, 185 Washington Street. 1871.)

1861. The first legal town-meting to act upon matters in regard to the war was held on the 30th of April, at which it was voted that each volunteer belonging to the town should receive one dollar a day for very day occupied in drilling, which payment to be made weekly and continue until otherwise ordered by the selectmen; also, that every enlisted man “from this town” when called into actual service shall receive an amount of money sufficient to make his pay fifteen dollars a month, and those who have families or persons dependent upon them for support shall receive in addition thereto eight dollars a month, “to be paid as the selectmen shall think best to such family or dependant;” also, that each Brookfield member of the military company being raised in whole or part in the town for the Fifteenth Regiment “shall be furnished with a plain and substantial uniform, army blankets, and revolver at the expense of the town.” E. Twitchell, J. S. Montague, and Charles Fales were chosen to carry this vote into effect***

***The committee furnished forty-four uniforms, at a cost of $523.63; Thirty-seven revolvers at a cost of $536.56, and paid for drilling $289. Total, $1, 349.19 


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