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[604] for State aid to soldiers' families. August 24th, A bounty of one hundred dollars was authorized to be paid to drafted men, and State aid to their families. September 19th, One thousand dollars were appropriated for the benefit of the families of deceased soldiers.

1864. June 4th, A sufficient amount of money was appropriated to fill the present ‘and all future quotas of the town,’ the bounty to each volunteer not to exceed one hundred and fifty dollars.

1865. January 4th, The bounty to each volunteer, enlisting to fill the quota of the town, was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and so remained until the end of the war. March 6th, Four thousand dollars were appropriated for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families.

Ashburnham furnished two hundred and thirty men for the war, which was a surplus of nine over and above all demands. Thirteen were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated aud expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-nine thousand two hundred and eighty-seven dollars ($29,287.00). In addition to this, ‘large sums were contributed by individual subscription for the payment of bounties.’

The amount of money expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $752.48; in 1862, $3,614.-90; in 1863, $5,124.54; in 1864, $4,388.25; in 1865, $2,450.00. Total amount, $10,330.17.

‘The ladies of Ashburnham furnished articles of clothing, sanitary stores, and money for the soldiers and the Sanitary Commission, to the value of thirteen hundred dollars.’


Incorporated March 6, 1792. Population in 1860, 2,604; in 1865, 2,813. Valuation in 1860, $925,390; in 1865, $1,085,516.

The selectmen in 1861 were Calvin Kelton, Amos L. Cheney, John Kendall; in 1862, Amos L. Cheney, John Kendall, A. D. Horr; in 1863, Calvin Kelton, A. D. Horr, A. L. Cheney; in 1864, Calvin Kelton, Gardner Lord, Jr., Josiah Haven; in 1865, Calvin Kelton, James W. Hunt, James M. Rice.

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