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[547] enlisting for three years service, and were ‘directed to proceed in the matter as soon as they may deem expedient.’ August 2d, The selectmen were authorized to make a deposit of five hundred dollars in the State treasury to procure volunteers to be credited to the town. Only two were obtained, at a cost of two hundred and fifty dollars; the balance of the money was repaid to the town. After filling the quota of the town under the pending call of the President, the selectmen continued to recruit men in anticipation of another call being made, and paying to each volunteer, when mustered in and credited, a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars.

Halifax, according to the returns made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished one hundred and one men, which is about twenty more than were credited; at the end of the war it had a surplus of seven over and above all demands. Three were commissioned officers. The whole amount appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was seven thousand six hundred and sixty-two dollars and ninety-four cents ($7,662.94).

The amount 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, $325.01; in 1862, $2,087.81; in 1863, $2,759.04; in 1864, $1,956.75; in 1865, $900.00. Total amount, $8,028.61.


Incorporated Feb. 22, 1820. Population in 1860, 1,245; in 1865, 1,195. Valuation in 1860, $541,567; in 1865, $458,168.

The selectmen in 1861 were Josiah Barker, Francis W. Bourne, Melzar Sprague; in 1862, Josiah Barker, Francis W. Bourne, Theodore Cobb; in 1863, Josiah Barker, William Bourne, Theodore Cobb; in 1864, Ebenezer B. K. Gurney, Elbridge G. Bates, William Bourne; in 1865, E. B. K. Gurney, Isaac F. Thayer, William Bourne.

The town-clerk in 1861, 1862, and 1863 was Isaiah Bearce;

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