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 The selectmen in 1861 were John D. Cogswell, Jonathan H. Thurston, Theodore E. Woodcock; in 1862, Charles S. Knight, Jonathan H. Thurston, John N. Grout; in 1863, John N. Grout, Otis Whittimore, Silas Gleason; in 1864 and 1865, John D. Cogswell, Irving Sprague, Edward Sargent. The town-clerk during the years of the war was Joseph A. Denny, and the town-treasurer during the same period was David E. Merriam. 1861. A meeting was held May 4th ‘to see what action the town would take in regard to arming and equipping and maintaining a military company,’ recently formed in the town. At this meeting John A. Denny presented a series of patriotic resolutions, which were read and unanimously adopted. These resolutions set forth: 1st, Painful regret that the rebellion in the Southern States had begun; 2d, It becomes every lover of his country ‘and of the cause of freedom to merge all party distinction and former political difference in one great party for the support of the Union, the laws and the Constitution;’ 3d, That the most decisive measures be adopted to crush the Rebellion and uphold the Government; 4th, Recognized the hand of Providence in uniting the people of the Free States, and a portion of the people in the Slave States, to support the measures of the President to maintain the Union; 5th, ‘That in the spirit of the early patriots of this town who took so prominent a part in the struggles for Independence, we will do all in our power to maintain that Independence and preserve those invaluable rights which they so nobly purchased by their blood and treasure.’ The sixth resolution pledged the faith of the town to deal liberally with the volunteers who may enlist from the town, and with their families while they were absent. Voted, To raise by taxation the present year five hundred dollars, and to borrow if required five thousand dollars, to be expended by the selectmen and a committee of one from each school-district for military purposes. Voted, To pay each soldier ten dollars a month while in service in addition to his Government pay. November 5th, Voted, That all necessary assistance be given to the families of volunteers who have enlisted, ‘or may hereafter enlist,’ and the selectmen were authorized to borrow eight hundred dollars for that purpose.
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