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[628] amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was eighty-one thousand seven hundred and seventy dollars and sixty-one cents ($81,770.61).

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, $3,011.39; in 1862, $12,500.00; in 1863, $18,032.13; in 1864, $15,500.00; in 1865, $9,500.00. Total amount, $58,543.52.

In no town in the Commonwealth were the ladies more active in all good works for the comfort and well-being of our soldiers than in Fitchburg.


Incorporated June 27, 1785. Population in 1860, 2,646; in 1865, 2,553. Valuation in 1860, $901,835; in 1865, $905,324.

The selectmen in 1861 were Aaron Greenwood, Thorley Collister, Amasa Bancroft; in 1862, Amasa Bancroft, Thorley Collister, Jonas Pierce; in 1863, Smyrna W. Bancroft, Thorley Collister, Marcius A. Gates; in 1864, Amasa Bancroft, Marcius A. Gates, John Edgel; in 1865, Marcius A. Gates, Ezra Osgood, Asa Temple.

The town-clerk during all these years was Francis Richardson. The town-treasurer in 1861 was E. S. Jackson; in 1862, E. S. Jackson and T. Collister; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, C. Webster Bush.

1861. A town meeting ‘legally warned’ was held April 30th, at which it was voted, first, to authorize the selectmen to purchase, at the expense of the town, suitable uniforms sufficient for members of a volunteer company for active military service to be ‘organized on or before the first day of June next,’ each member to pledge himself ‘to sustain the Government against rebels and traitors ’ who now threaten its destruction; second, if a full company cannot be raised in the town, uniforms shall be furnished to such citizens as shall enter said service; third, to pay to each volunteer one dollar a day for three months from date of muster, while in active service, or to the order of his family in his absence. June 19th, Voted, to pay State

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