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New Braintree

Incorporated Jan. 31, 1751. Population in 1860, 805; in 1865, 752. Valuation in 1860, $555,252; in 1865, $553,719.

The selectmen in 1861 were Moses Pollard, John C. Whipple, Charles B. Frost; in 1862 and 1863, Moses Pollard, John C. Whipple, William A. Felton; in 1864, Joseph W. Green, Charles Wilcox, Benjamin F. Hamilton; in 1865, John C. Whipple, Benjamin F. Hamilton, Josiah P. Gleason.

The town-clerk in 1861 was Henry A. Delano; in 1862, Abijah Eddy; in 1863, John H. Gurney; in 1864 and 1865, Charles B. Frost. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863 was Moses Thompson; in 1864 and 1865, Charles B. Frost.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon matters relating to the war was held on the 7th of May, at which the selectmen were authorized to pay each volunteer belonging to the town five dollars a month while in the military service in addition to his regular pay, and seventy-five cents for each half day spent in drilling previous to enlistment; also, while in the service, four dollars a month to his wife and two dollars to each child under twelve years of age. November 5th, Voted, to pay aid to the families of volunteers as provided by the law of the State.

1862. July 21st, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who enlists for three years, and is credited to the town, and ten dollars additional to those who enlist within one week. August 26th, The bounty for three years volunteers was raised to two hundred dollars, and the bounty to volunteers for nine months service was fixed at one hundred and fifty dollars, which on the 4th of November was raised to two hundred dollars.

1863. November 3d, The town-treasurer was directed to pay the treasurer of the Commonwealth ‘the balance due under the act equalizing the bounties paid to volunteers.’

1864. April 11th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to volunteers for three years service, who are mustered in and credited to the town. This bounty was continued to be paid until the end of the war.

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