1776Soldiers received a bounty for enlisting in the Continental Army.Government and Public Service, Military

The town kept a list of receipts for men who joined the Continental Army and served for three years. This list is for “Return of the men who received a bounty of fourteen pounds.” Gloucester City Archives, CC87, CCBV#3, Box 31, FF 2
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Each soldier received £6, which was later increased to £14. However, recruitment was slow, since many fishermen turned to privateering.

Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, http://archive.org/details/townrecords17531800 Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860. http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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