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[504] of the President for three hundred thousand men, and the treasurer was authorized to borrow the amount of money required for the purpose.

1864. April 4th, The town voted sixteen hundred dollars for recruiting purposes. July 29th, Voted, to raise five thousand dollars for bounties to volunteers and expenses for recruiting, provided that the bounty paid to each man shall not exceed one hundred and twenty-five dollars. December 7th, The selectmen were directed to pay the same amount to each individual enlisting to the credit of the town under a late call of the President for more men.

The number of men furnished by Franklin during the war was two hundred and seventy-six, which was a surplus of twenty-five over and above all demands. Five were commissioned officers. The amount of money appropriated and expended on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was eighteen thousand eight hundred and thirty-one dollars and eighty-four cents ($18,831.84). The citizens contributed voluntarily upwards of two thousand dollars for sanitary purposes, and five hundred to the Christian Commission.

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $587.04; in 1862, $2,538.25; in 1863, $3,789.15; in 1864, $4,171.05; in 1865, $2,304.03. Total amount, $13,389.52.


Incorporated May 23, 1651. Population in 1860, 1,082; in 1865, 1,011. Valuation in 1860, $601,491; in 1865, $613,155.

The selectmen in 1861 were Charles Hamant, Daniels Hamant, Hamlet Wright; in 1862 and 1863, Benjamin F. Shumway, Daniels Hamant, George M. Smith; in 1864 and 1865, Benjamin F. Shumway, George M. Smith, Jeremiah R. Smith.

The town-clerk during the years 1861, 1862, and 1863 was Samuel Ellis; in 1864 and 1865, Henry J. Everett. The town-treasurer during all these years was Isaac Fiske.

1861. At a town-meeting held May 11th, a committee

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