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[636] July. August 29th, The same bounty was directed to be paid to volunteers for nine months service.

1863. April 6th, In accordance with General Order Number 6, and an act approved March 12, 1863, one thousand dollars were appropriated, and the ‘matter left with the selectmen to pay as they think best.’1 September 21st, Two hundred dollars were appropriated for the payment of State aid to the families of drafted men.

1864. July 4th, The bounty to volunteers for three years service was limited to one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and so remained until the end of the war.

Holden furnished two hundred and four men for the war, which was a surplus of four over and above all demands. Eleven were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was seven thousand nine hundred and sixty-three dollars and thirty-eight cents ($7,963.38). A large amount was probably contributed by private subscription.

The amount of money paid by the town for State aid to soldiers' families during the war, and reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $577.71; in 1862, $2,293.11; in 1863, $2,781.30; in 1864, $2,546.70; in 1865, $1,800.00. Total amount, $9,998.82.

The ladies of Holden on Sunday, April 21, 1861, instead of going to church, met in the town hall and worked from nine o'clock until sundown ‘for members of the Rifle Company which had just started for the seat of war;’ and from that time until the close of the Rebellion they labored faithfully for the benefit of the soldiers, sending their contributions chiefly through the Sanitary and Christian Commissions.


Incorporated June 13, 1767. Population in 1860, 1,621; in 1865, 1,546. Valuation in 1860, $609,054; in 1865, $741,433.

The selectmen in 1861 were Henry Prentiss, T. Sibley Heald,

1 This has reference to an act extending the payment of State aid to persons not included in previous acts relating to that subject.

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