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[377] service, with authority to ‘draw upon the treasury of the town for such sums of money as they might require for the purpose.’ The treasurer was directed to borrow the money.

Billerica furnished one hundred and seventy-three men for the war, which was a surplus of four over and above all demands. Seven were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war was six thousand two hundred and thirty dollars and ninety-one cents. This, however, does not include eight thousand nine hundred and ninety-four dollars and thirty-six cents which was contributed by subscriptions made by citizens, of which seven thousand and forty-seven dollars and fourteen cents were afterwards repaid to them by the town; which made the aggregate expenses of the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, $13,278.05.

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers, and which was repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $389.05; in 1862, $2,359.28; in 1863, $3,581.66; in 1864, $3,713.29; in 1865, $2,200.00. Total amount, $12,243.28.


Incorporated Feb. 25, 1783. Population in 1860, 403; in 1865, 454. Valuation in 1860, $221,755; in 1865, $238,592.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Varnum Taylor, R. T. Cobleigh, George Hager; in 1863, Varnum Taylor, Grenville Whitcomb, Jacob Littlefield; in 1864, Varnum Taylor, Benjamin S. Mead, Ephraim B. Cobleigh; in 1865, Ephraim B. Cobleigh, Benjamin S. Mead, Walter Mead.

The town-clerk during all these years was Daniel W. Cobleigh. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863, was Benjamin S. Hager; in 1864 and 1865, Daniel W. Cobleigh.

1861. No meetings appear to have been held during this year in regard to the war.

1862. August 2d, A citizens' meeting was held; Oliver Wetherbee was elected chairman, and Daniel W. Cobleigh secretary. A vote was passed to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each man ‘who would come forward and volunteer,’

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