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[574] to recruits which might be furnished by the Commonwealth to fill the quota of the town.

Rochester furnished about one hundred and twenty-five men, and had a surplus at the end of the war of ten over and above all demands. Two were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was ten thousand four hundred and seventy-two dollars and fourteen cents ($10,472.14).

The amount paid for State aid by the town during the war to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $188.32; in 1862, $1,717.75; in 1863, $2,108.95; in 1864, $1,142.66; in 1865, $491.31. Total amount, $5,648.99.

The ladies were active all through the war in behalf of the soldiers. Fairs were held and lectures were given, the proceeds of which were sent to the Sanitary and Christian Commissions.


Incorporated Oct. 5, 1636. Population in 1860, 2,227; in 1865, 2,269. Valuation in 1860, $944,524; in 1865, $852,105.

The selectmen in 1861 were George M. Allen, Hubbard Litchfield, George E. Cole; in 1862, George C. Lee, George E. Cole, Horatio G. Reed; in 1863, George C. Lee, Roland Turner, Thomas Vinal; in 1864, George C. Lee, Roland Turner, George W. Merritt; in 1865, George C. Lee, Thomas Vinal, Roland Turner.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Roland Turner. The town-treasurer during the same period was James L. Merritt.

1861. The first meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held May 4th, at which it was voted to pay each enlisted man belonging to the town who is married fifteen dollars a month, and to each unmarried enlisted man ten dollars a month in addition to the Government pay. The treasurer was authorized, under the direction of the selectmen, to borrow a sum not exceeding ten thousand dollars. Voted, to give each volunteer

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