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[563] during the war for State aid to the families of volunteers, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $425.71; in 1862, $1,207.71; in 1863, $1,626.61; in 1864, $1,134.49; in 1865, $500.00. Total amount, $4,894.52.

‘Much good work was done by the ladies of Mattapoisett for the soldiers and sailors belonging to the town, while in the service of their country.’


Incorporated June—, 1669. Population in 1860, 4,553; in 1865, 4,525. Valuation in 1860, $2,260,826; in 1865, $2,134,878.

The selectmen in 1861 were C. B. Wood, B. P. Wood, G. W. Wood; in 1862, S. Tucker, B. P. Wood, Ira Smith; in 1863 and 1864, J. T. Wood, A. K. Bishop, Ira Smith; in 1865, J. T. Wood, A. Miller, J. M. Eddy.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer in 1861 and 1862 was Sidney Tucker; in 1863, John Shaw, Jr.; in 1864 and 1865, C. B. Wood.

1861. The first town-meeting to act upon matters relating to the war was held on the 6th of May, at which it was voted to raise a military company for three years service, and to guarantee each enlisted man twenty-six dollars a month while in the service; voted to raise five thousand dollars ‘for war purposes,’ two thousand dollars of which to be expended in uniforming and equipping the company; voted to pay each recruit one dollar and twenty-five cents a day when drilling, not to exceed three days in a week for four weeks, and when the company is called into service each volunteer is to receive a month's pay in advance.

1862. July 28th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer, to the number of fifty-six, who shall enlist for three years and be credited to the quota of the town ‘within thirty days.’ The selectmen were authorized ‘to sell or transfer so much of the Old Colony and Fall River Railroad stock, owned by the town, as shall be sufficient to pay said bounties.’ August 25th, Voted, to raise a company for nine months service, and to pay each volunteer for that term a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars when mustered in and credited

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