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[631] company; each member was to receive one dollar a day while engaged in drilling, and when called into active service each was to receive from the town the same monthly pay as he received from the Government.1 A company was immediately formed, which afterwards was sent to ‘Camp Scott,’ in Worcester, and became Company G, of the Fifteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, for three years service. A committee of thirteen was chosen from different sections of the town to whom, in connection with the selectmen, was given the management of the expenditure of the money and the general supervision of war matters, which continued during the years of the Rebellion.

Grafton furnished three hundred and ninety-nine men for the war, which was a surplus of forty-seven over and above all demands. Ten were commissioned officers. The whole amount raised and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-nine thousand three hundred and fifty dollars and twenty-three cents ($39,350.23).

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,$1,642.53; in 1862,$6,112.29; in 1863, $6,976.04; in 1864, $8,300.00; in 1865, $5,500.00. Total amount, $28,530.86.

The Ladies' Soldiers-Aid Society of the town raised one thousand and twenty-five dollars, which was expended in the purchase of under-clothing and other comforts for the soldiers at the front; in addition to which between two and three hundred pairs of woollen socks were knit by the ladies and sent to the soldiers. Many other contributions were made by citizens for the same purpose.


Incorporated Jan. 10, 1738. Population in 1860, 1,521; in 1865, 1,968. Valuation in 1860, $934,532; in 1865, $1,099,438.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Joseph W. Powers, Henry B. Gould, George Manly; in 1863, Constant Southworth,

1 It having been ascertained that the monthly pay could not be legally assessed, it was not paid after the men were mustered in. The vote, however, shows the liberal and patriotic spirit of the people.

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