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[433] and a committee of twenty-five was appointed to aid recruiting.

Meetings were held during the years 1863, 1864, and 1865, at which committees were appointed to aid the selectmen in recruiting volunteers, and money was appropriated for the payment of bounties, and of State aid to the soldiers' families. A well-written and handsomely printed volume, prepared by Elbridge H. Goss, entitled ‘The Melrose Memorial,’ contains a very full and complete history of Melrose in the war, which is in every respect creditable to the author and to the citizensof the place.

Melrose furnished four hundred and sixteen men for the war,1 which was a surplus of seventy-three over and above all demands. Nine were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-eight thousand five hundred and ninety-two dollars and seventy cents ($38,592.70).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $747.63; in 1862, $4,110.17; in 1863, $6,500.00; in 1864, $4,700.00; in 1865, $3,900.00. Total amount, $19,957.80.

The ladies of Melrose performed a great deal of good work for the soldiers during the war, and a very considerable amount of money was collected in the various churches for the Christian and Sanitary Commissions, and for the soldiers directly.


Incorporated —— —, 1762. Population in 1860, 5,515; in 1865, 5,220. Valuation in 1860, $1,788,549; in 1865, $1,841,121. The selectmen in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864 were Willard Drury, William Edwards, C. B. Travis; in 1865, C. B. Travis, Jackson Bigelow, Dexter Washburn. The town-clerk in 1861 and 1862 was Henry Coggin; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, George L. Sleeper. The town-treasurer during all of these years was Nathaniel Clark.

1 The ‘Melrose Memorial’ claims that Melrose furnished four hundred and fifty-four men for the war.

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