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Incorporated July 4, 1734. Population in 1860, 766; in 1865, 739. Valuation in 1860, $321,449; in 1865, $354,039.

The selectmen in 1861 were Edwin Inglee, Abram Bourne, William H. Sears; in 1862, Edwin Inglee, Abram Bourne, Ephraim B. Thompson; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Edwin Inglee, Abram Bourne, Asaph S. Wood.

The town-clerk from 1850, and all through the war, was Edwin Inglee. The town-treasurer in 1861 was William A. Peasley; in 1862, Stephen P. Lull; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Elbridge G. Morton.

1861. The first meeting to consider questions relating to the war was held May 7th, when it was voted ‘that the credit of the town is hereby pledged to those belonging to Halifax, and to those who have already gone, or to those who may hereafter either volunteer or be drafted to fight in defence of our Government, in a sum sufficient, taken in connection with the pay received from the Government, to make the sum total of twenty dollars a month for the time they are actually engaged in such military duty; and in case of their decease, the said extra pay is to be paid to their heirs.’1 A committee of five was appointed to provide proper assistance for the families of the soldiers.

1862. July 30th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist to the credit of the town, to be paid when mustered into the United-States service. August 30th, The town ratified the action of the selectmen in paying a bounty of two hundred dollars under the vote of July 30th. On the 6th of September, voted to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to volunteers enlisting for nine months service.

1863. March 2d, Nothing of special interest relating to the war appears to have been done by the town in its corporate capacity. The selectmen kept on recruiting and filling demands made upon the town for men.

1864. January—, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer

1 Company A, of the Third Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, belonged to Halifax, and left the State with the regiment for Fortress Monroe, Va., April 18, 1861. The Company was originally formed in 1792, and served in the War of 1812, under the command of Captain Asa Thompson, who died in 1862.

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