Post-war organizations, events and places.
Post-War Bounty Issues
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: AUGUST 19, 1868
Is this, indeed, "Spunky Lamoile?" And are we realy the spunky patriotic people we claim to be? Have we had a hard fight and bloody civil war? Have we had our homes protected and our laws preserved in all their integrity and force? If any or all of these questions can be answered in the affirmative, then, we ask, who has done all this for us? Who has kept our homes safe from the hands of relentless rebels, and preserved our lawa intact? Alas! Alas! If we look over our cemeteries and glance at the monuments that today do honor to our fallen soldiers, we can readily tell who, ----that our fathers, our brothers, and friends have done all of this. We are proud of our state and of her fair record in the great struggle for Union and Liberty, and we cirizens of Lamoille are proud of the part our own sons have played in this great national struggle. Who in our beloved country would not flush with anger at any attempt to cast disgrace upon our fair fame in Vermont's History, we earned in our great civil war? Nothing could touch us so sensitively as a mean attempt to show that we have been recreant to duty, and that our services have not been worthy of meritorious. I say no no one could intrude upon the soil of "Spunky Lamoille" and with impunity calumniate the character of her soldiers. But see here! Look within! There is a link out in our own midst. Are we going to put this link in again or shall this breach grow wider and deeper?--- Indeed, I must be personal here, for I must try and touch the chain where it is broken, and hope to induce some to try and restore the lost link, and to use care and not drop another. During the latter part of the war men were sought from every source, and large bounties were offered for recruits to fill quotas. The town of Morristown held out inducement's for men to fill her required list, and at times voted bounties., but there continued to be calls for recruits. Morristown, through her selectmen and recruiting officers offered bounties as large as any town in the county was paying, and thereby enlisted her quota without any specified bounty by town assembled. She finally voted a small pittance to the men she had promised so fair, after she had got them in Uncle Sam's strong grasp. Hoping to pacify them in that manner. But what then? After the men had gone to the bloody field of war, Morristown, with her wealth and aspiring citizens assembled themselves together, and when her own sons were nearing the most terrific struggle of the war ( the campaign of '64)---yes, I say then the patriotic of Morristown assembled, voted to reconsider the bounty vote, and then voted to let the soldier boys fight and die perchance, with no hope for recompense from their hands---- What manliness and patriotism! But this is not all. I might say more here, had I time and space. I must offer one other act of this town, which the town would be glad to nullify, which will be nullified if the selectman and town officers are successful in their very patriotic efforts. At the time the veterans were re-enlisting in the field, there was a great call for men at home. Morristown then voted to pay three hundred dollars for men to apply to their quota. Accepting this offer, , some of her sons, veterans in the field, enlisted ( they did not know how Morristown lived up to her pledges). I repeat, the town voted three-hundred dollars for enlistments to apply to their quota, and their very "careful" town clerk so recorded the vote.. These veterans who en-listed in the field to apply on the quota of Morristown did not get their bounty!. Should they have it ? They entered a suit in court against the town for their bounty. The officers of the town are not so stupid as to be unable to see that it must be paid. They are now inaugurating legal procedings to change the Town Record, claiming it contains an error, that the vote was not recorded as it was made. These officials have, no doubt, undergone a great renewal of memory. They are now so clear that they can detect errors that were made in the Town records years ago. Their memories must have received a great stimulus at the present time, or the error must have been detected before. Is there any dignity in law, or must these tried and true soldiers be deprived of their bounty, of their just dues? Let all the towns in Vermont notice the posillanimity of Morristown in these acts.
Courtesy of Deanna French.