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[667] of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for nine months service. Addresses were made by Rev. Dr. Putnam of Roxbury, Rev. Dr. Blagden of Boston, and Rev. A. W. Stevens of Sterling. Captain Pratt of Sterling, who was forming a company in that town, invited the volunteers of Princeton to join it. The young men were then invited by the chairman to come forward and enlist. Several men responded and signed the papers.

1863. Nothing of importance appears to have been done by the town in its corporate capacity during this year.

1864. March 7th, Voted, to continue paying State aid to the families of volunteers. Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who may enlist to the credit of the town, and the same amount to men who may be drafted.

1865. January 7th, The selectmen were authorized to deposit with the State Treasurer six hundred and twenty-five dollars ‘for the purpose of procuring colored troops from the State agents;’ only one was obtained, and five hundred dollars were returned.

Princeton furnished one hundred and twenty men for the war, which was a surplus of nine over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was fourteen thousand four hundred and fifty-six dollars and fifty-two cents ($14,456.52).

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, $139.40; in 1862, $1,091.95; in 1863, $1,586.12; in 1864, $1,238.52; in 1865, $704.14. Total amount, $4,760.13.


Incorporated Feb. 16, 1765. Population in 1860, 1,486; in 1865, 1,441. Valuation in 1860, $823,257; in 1865, $711,872.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were William W. Clement, Richard Baker, Cyrus B. Reed; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, William W. Clement, Jeremiah A. Rich, Hiram Harrington.

The town-clerk during all these years was Charles H. Newton.

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