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1863. April 6th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow money for the payment of aid to the families of volunteers; also to assess a tax of one thousand dollars ‘to pay the amount borrowed for war purposes.’ November 3d, Voted, to pay the widows of Henry Hosmer and D. V. Cone ‘their proportion of State aid between the death of their husbands and the time the law was made allowing State aid to widows.’

1864. Meetings were held March 29th and June 3d, at which measures were adopted to procure volunteers to fill the quota of the town, and the treasurer authorized to borrow money to pay bounties.

1865. January 4th, Voted, to raise by taxation six hundred dollars, ‘exempting from tax those who in any way are represented in the military service of the United States.’ Several acts of the Legislature amendatory of the State-aid law were adopted by the town.

Bedford furnished ninety-five men for the war, which was a surplus of four over and above all demands. None were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $188.96; in 1862, $842.27; in 1863, $1,318.45; in 1864, $1,055.37; in 1865, $519.73. Total amount, $3,924.78.

The ladies of Bedford did a large amount of good work for the soldiers, knitting socks, making garments, and otherwise providing for the comfort of the sick and wounded. They also raised money by fairs, which was sent to the Christian Commission. The articles of clothing, &c., were sent to the Sanitary Commission.


Incorporated March 18, 1859. Population in 1860, 1,198; in 1865, 1,278. Valuation in 1860, $2,141,709; in 1865, $3,521,429.

The selectmen in 1861 were Mansir W. Marsh, Jacob Hittinger, J. V. Fletcher; in 1862 and 1863, Mansir W. Marsh,

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