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[511] the legal heirs of those who have died, and an additional one hundred dollars where the deceased soldier ‘leaves a wife or any children under twelve years of age.’

1864. April 14th, Voted, to raise two thousand eight hundred and seventy-five dollars to refund money advanced by individuals for recruiting purposes, and two thousand two hundred and fifty dollars were appropriated for bounties. August 4th, The bounty to each volunteer enlisting for three years to the credit of the town was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and so continued until the end of the war.

1865. May 22d, The selectmen were authorized to borrow a sufficient amount of money to reimburse citizens who had advanced money to aid recruiting.

Needham furnished two hundred and eighty-two men for the war, which was a surplus of twenty-three over and above all demands. Four were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war was thirty-one thousand eight hundred and twelve dollars and thirty-two cents ($31,812.32).

The amount of money raised and expended during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $496.81; in 1862, $2,865.37; in 1863, $4,276.30; in 1864, $3,208.16; in 1865, $2,000.00. Total amount, $12,846.64.

The ladies of Needham furnished many comfortable garments for the soldiers, and labored in their behalf during the entire period of the war.


Incorporated Feb. 23, 1792. Population in 1860, 6,778; in 1865, 6,718. Valuation in 1860, $3,870,000; in 1865, $3,833,508.

The selectmen in 1861 were Daniel Baxter, Ebenezer Adams, Noah Cummings; in 1862, Ebenezer Adams, Noah Cummings, Albert Thayer; in 1863, Ebenezer Adams, Daniel Baxter, Edmund B. Taylor; in 1864 and 1865, Ebenezer Adams, Edmund B. Taylor, Ensign S. Fellows.

The town-clerk during all these years was George L. Gill. The town-treasurer, Wyman Abercrombie.

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