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[500] record than the ladies of Dorchester. The value of the articles contributed by them to the good cause could not have been less than twenty-five thousand dollars, without taking into account their own individual time and labor.


Incorporated July 7, 1784. Population in 1860, 679; in 1865, 616. Valuation in 1860, $344,741; in 1865, $358,744.

The selectmen in 1861 were Amos W. Shumway, Benjamin N. Sawin, Henry Horton; in 1862, Calvin Richards, Jesse Newell, John Battelle; in 1863, Abner L. Smith, Benjamin N. Sawin, Charles A. Bigelow; in 1864, Abner L. Smith, Charles A. Bigelow, Linus Bliss.

The town-clerk all through the war was Abner L. Smith. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863 was Sherman Battell; in 1864 and 1865, Hiram W. Jones. 1861. November 5th, The town voted to pay the families of the soldiers in the service from Dover the aid allowed by the State law.

1862. July 28th, Messrs. Ephraim Wilson, John Q. A. Nichols, Asa Talbot, Clement Bartlett, Benjamin N. Sawin, were chosen a committee to aid the selectmen in procuring recruits to fill the quota of the town; also, to pay a bounty of two hundred dollars to each volunteer for three years, who shall enlist to the credit of the town within twenty days; also, voted to pay State aid to the families of soldiers, and to authorize the treasurer to borrow the money. September 1st, Voted, to pay a bounty of two hundred dollars to nine-months men enlisting to fill the quota of the town.

1864. At the annual meeting in April the town voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to volunteers under the present and all subsequent calls made by the President; also, to refund to inhabitants of Dover the amount of money paid by them to help recruiting. During this year twenty-six hundred dollars were voluntarily subscribed by individuals for this purpose, which was repaid by the town.

Dover furnished sixty-five men for the war, which was a surplus of four over and above all demands. One was a commissioned

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