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[399] Magazine, New-York Independent. The money-value of the contributions made by the ladies, and received through their exertions, was probably not far from fifty thousand dollars. The city has taken measures to erect a splendid monument in honor of the soldiers and sailors of Charlestown who died in the war.


Incorporated May 29, 1655. Population in 1860, 2,291; in 1865, 2,296. Valuation in 1860, $1,371,136; in 1865, $1,546,508.

The selectmen in 1861 were J. R. Fletcher, Christopher Roby, Elisha Shaw.1 In 1862, J. R. Fletcher, Elisha Shaw, Edmund F. Dupee; in 1863, Elisha Shaw, E. F. Dupee, Joseph Reed; in 1864 and 1865, Joseph Reed, E. F. Dupee, N. B. Edwards.

The town-clerk from 1836 to 1871 was E. F. Webster. The town-treasurer from 1842 to 1868 was Joseph Manning.

1861. April 29th, A town-meeting was held, at which it was voted that H. W. B. Wightman, Joseph Manning, Christopher Roby, William Fletcher, and H. B. Proctor be a Committee to consider and report what action the town shall take to sustain the Government. The Committee reported in favor of raising a military company, the members of which be required ‘to drill two afternoons in each week’ for two months, and each member to be paid five dollars a month; that the town furnish each with the usual arms and equipments; also ‘that the town furnish a capable drill-master.’ Three thousand dollars were voted to aid the families of volunteers from the town, and eight dollars a month to be paid to each volunteer while in actual service. November 5th, Voted, that the action of the selectmen in providing aid to the families of volunteers be approved, and they were instructed to pay to other towns the expenses incurred by them in aiding the families of Chelmsford volunteers living therein.

1862. July 21st, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each person who should volunteer for

1 Mr. Roby enlisted in the military service in 1862.

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