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Northborough furnished one hundred and forty men for the war, which was a surplus of nine over and above all demands. Two were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was ten thousand six hundred and forty-seven dollars and fifty-seven cents ($10,647.57).

The amount of money paid by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $610.35; in 1862, $2,026.67; in 1863, $2,403.68; in 1864, $2,400.00; in 1865, $1,400.00. Total amount, $8,840.70.

The ladies of Northborough were very patriotic in doing every thing they could for the soldiers, ‘taking their sewing machines from their homes to the church, and working together in making clothing. They also prepared and sent many boxes of provisions to our boys in the army.’


Incorporated July 14, 1772. Population in 1860, 2,633; in 1865, 2,642. Valuation in 1860, $945,574; in 1865, $898,385.

The selectmen in 1861 were William Kendall, Merrick L. Taft, James F. Whiten, John C. Taft, Charles Fowler; in 1862, P. Whitin Dudley, Joel Bachelor, Leander F. Smith, John C. Taft, Lewis Armsby; in 1863, P. Whitin Dudley, Jeremiah Robinson, Leander F. Smith, Nelson Paine, Stephen F. Bachelor; in 1864, P. Whitin Dudley, Jeremiah Robinson, Leander F. Smith, Davis P. Gray, George W. Rawson; in 1865, P. Whitin Dudley, Leander F. Smith, Davis B. Winter, Davis P. Gray, George W. Rawson.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all these years was Hiram Wing.

1861. The first meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held May 8th, at which it was voted to appropriate ‘such sums of money as may be required, not exceeding five thousand dollars, to aid in uniforming and in obtaining such articles as may be needful for the comfort of such residents of the town as shall have enrolled themselves into a company of volunteer militia to be formed in this town and vicinity, and also ’

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