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Athol furnished about three hundred and ten men for the war, which was a surplus of twenty-eight over and above all demands. Eight were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was eighteen thousand eight hundred and eighty dollars and ninety-four cents ($18,880.94). This does not include $11,480.21 paid by private citizens.

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, $703.04; in 1862, $4,000.00; in 1863, $6,364.23; in 1864, $4,882.09; in 1865, $2,461.25. Total amount, $18,410.61.

The ladies of Athol contributed liberally to the comfort of the soldiers, both in money and supplies, which were forwarded to the army chiefly through the agencies of the Christian Commission; the total money value of which was $2,470.99.


Incorporated April 10, 1778. Population in 1860, 914; in 1865, 959. Valuation in 1860, $391,784; in 1865, $503,928.

The selectmen in 1861 were John Warren, Luther Merriam, Stephen Sibley; in 1862, John Warren, Ezra Rice, S. A. Newton; in 1863, John Warren, Ezra Rice, J. S. Cummings; in 1864, Ezra Rice, J. S. Cummings, Isaac Sawin; in 1865, Ezra Rice, Philander Pond, George Bancroft.

The town-clerk during all of these years was Emory Stone. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863 was Anson Burlinghame; in 1864 and 1865, Lyman Ward.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held May 6th, at which it was voted to raise one thousand dollars “to be appropriated for the benefit of such volunteers as shall be or are now employed in the military service of the Government, and to the wants of their families while absent.” June 8th, Voted, to send five dollars to each of the two three-months volunteers then in the service, belonging to Auburn.

1862. July 26th, Nine men having been called for as the quota of the town under a new requisition, it was voted to give

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