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The selectmen in 1861 were Henry E. Bugbee, Lyman Sheldon, Nathan Joslin; in 1862, Nathan Joslin, Hiram Allen, Nathan Chamberlain; in 1863, Nathan Joslin, Emory Sibley, Benjamin A. Corbin; in 1864, Emory Sibley, Benjamin A. Corbin, Frederick D. Brown; in 1865, Frederick D. Brown, John F. Hinds, Solomon Robinson.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Seymour A. Tingier. The town-treasurer during the same period was William T. Shumway.

1861. The first town-meeting to act upon matters relating to the war was held on the 29th of April, at which it was voted to pay each volunteer belonging to Webster five dollars a month while in active service, and to his wife and mother, dependent on him for support, one dollar and fifty cents a week, and to each child fifty cents a week; and if the family shall need more, the amounts to be increased at the discretion of the selectmen. This pay was to begin when the soldier was sworn into service; in the meanwhile he should receive one dollar a day while drilling. Four thousand dollars were appropriated as a war fund, from which each soldier belonging to the ‘Slater Guards,’ then formed and drilling, should receive a uniform and a blanket.1 November 5th, The town passed the following resolution:—

Resolved, That we hereby tender our thanks to the Slater Guards for their bravery at the battle of Balls Bluff.

1862. July 10th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years and be credited to the quota of the town.

1863. December 8th, Six thousand dollars were appropriated for a ‘war fund,’ and six thousand dollars for recruiting purposes.

1864. July 14th, Voted, to pay each volunteer who shall

1 This company afterwards became Company I, Fifteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, but was locally known as the ‘Slater Guards;’ while forming and drilling the company was provided with rations by the citizens. When they left home to join the Fifteenth at camp in Worcester, a purse of one thousand dollars was made up for the men. The officers were presented with swords. The ladies furnished each member with socks and mittens, and William T. Shumway presented the Company ‘with a splendid flag.’

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