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[621] to five o'clock P. M. The purpose of the society was to furnish articles useful to the soldiers, whether in camp or in hospital. Articles of this description amounting in value to upwards of three thousand dollars were contributed during the war, and forwarded to the front through the agency of the Sanitary Commission. Immediately after the battle of Antietam Dr. George M. Moore was sent by the society to look after the sick and wounded belonging to the town, and to bring home the bodies of those who had fallen in battle.


Incorporated Feb. 18, 1801. Population in 1860, 876; in 1865, 789. Valuation in 1860, $241,663; in 1865, $242,117.

The selectmen in 1861 were Allen Goodman, N. L. Johnson, Timothy Stone; in 1862, Allen Goodman, Timothy Stone, M. J. Hillman; in 1863, Allen Goodman, Timothy Stone, Ezra Comee; in 1864, N. L. Johnson, Timothy Stone, L. S. Blackmer; in 1865, N. L. Johnson, L. S. Blackmer, C. A. Doane.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all of these years was D. L. Richards.

1861. October 14th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow not exceeding five hundred dollars for aid to the families of soldiers.

1862. April 7th, A similar vote was passed without restriction as to the amount, which was left discretionary with the selectmen. July 22, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer for three years service, when mustered in to the credit of the town. The treasurer was authorized to borrow money to pay the same. August 30th, the same bounty was directed to be paid to volunteers for nine months service.

1863. April 7th, The treasurer, under the direction of the selectmen, was authorized to borrow money to pay State aid to soldiers' families during the year. Voted, ‘that the town assume and pay the debt wherein extra bounties have been paid, together with expenses of recruiting in 1862.’

1864. April 4th, The selectmen were instructed to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer

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