Erie County (PA) Genealogy
Civil War Bounty - Springfield Township
Contributed by Evelyn Baker
Our Springfield Township Coordinator, Evelyn Baker, discovered and contributed the information below from 1864 minutes of meetings found in an old velvet ledger at the Springfield Town Hall. Any comments or questions should be sent directly to Evelyn Baker.
Civil War Bounty
July 25 A. D. 1864
At a public meeting held at Springfield Center
It was unanimously voted that the Commissioners of Springfield Township
Should levy a tax for the purpose of raising a town bounty
To pay Volunteers to the amount of $4,000.
A. J. Thomas, Town Clerk
July 26 A. D. 1864
The Road Commissioners met at the Center
All of the Commissioners, being present
On motion, it was resolved
That the Commissioners proceed to levy & collect a tax
For the purpose of paying bounties
To Volunteers for the Army of the United States
To fill the quota of the Township of Springfield
Under the late call of the President of the United States
For five hundred thousand men
And that we will levy said tax to the amount of $4,000
To be collected for the present year.
Warrants or amounts for the collections of the same
to be paid to the collector of said township
Agreeable to the provisions of the late act of assembly
Entitled an act authorizing the Commissioners of Erie County
And the authorities of the City of Erie
And the several boroughs & townships of said County
To pay bounties to Volunteers for the Army of the United States
And to levy & collect taxes therefore
And also in pursuance of the other acts of assembly
Relative to the same subject.
That there shall be collected a poll tax of $2.00
Upon all persons where property taxed would be less that $2.00
Which shall be a part of the aggregate of $4,000.
Resolved: That we will proceed to borrow the sum of $4,000
For the purposes aforesaid,
And will issue Certificates of Indebtedness
To those who may take loan & wait until such time as the money
Shall be collected by the collectors
And paid into the treasurery.
The said certificates to bear 6% interest.
A. J. Thomas, Town Clerk
August 4 A. D. 1864
Received of the Road Commissioners of Springfield Township
$4,000 to be expended in procuring volunteers
To fill the quota of Springfield Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania
Under the present call of July 18, 1864
For five hundred thousand men.
No unforseen accident at our risk.
A. H. Gould
M. H. Gould
Recorded by A. J. Thomas, Town Clerk
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