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[420] keep a record of the names of volunteers belonging to the town, together with the company and regiment to which each belonged, and the date of muster, discharge, and death. Voted, to ‘pay the expense of the return of the body of the late Nahum W. Whitcomb, and of interring the same.’ On motion of Francis P. Knowlton, the following preamble and resolution were unanimously adopted:—
Whereas Mr. Nahum H. Whitcomb, a soldier from this town in the Sixth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, departed this life on the 13th of December, 1862, at Suffolk, Va., while in the service of our country, and his remains brought to this place for interment; therefore—

Resolved, That we tender our sympathy to his afflicted friends, and as mourners with them for one of our number, who in early manhood has laid his life upon the altar of his country, we pledge ourselves anew to that cause for which he so nobly gave his life.

It was also voted that the clerk communicate the resolution to the family of the deceased. Littleton continued recruiting and paying bounties until the end of the war.

The whole number of men furnished by the town for the war was one hundred and seventeen, which was a surplus of eighteen over and above all demands. Two were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was eleven thousand one hundred and four dollars and thirty-three cents ($11,104.33).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to the families of soldiers, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $102.06; in 1862, $935.92; in 1863, $1,155.11; in 1864, $578.38; in 1865, $450.00. Total amount, $3,221.47.


Incorporated as a town, March 1, 1826; as a city, April 1, 1836. Population in 1860, 36,827; in 1865, 31,004. Valuation in 1860, $20,894,207; in 1865, $20,980,041.

In 1861, Benjamin C. Sargeant, mayor; Samuel T. Manahan, Jonathan P. Folsom, James Watson, William G. Morse,

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