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[698] about $1,200.00 worth of clothing, hospital stores, &c., to the good cause.


Incorporated June 14, 1764. Population in 1860, 2,624; in 1865, 2,802. Valuation in 1860, $1,035,229; in 1865, $1,160,952.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Oliver Adams, J. B. Sawyer, George B. Raymond; in 1863 and 1864, Bethuel Ellis, George B. Raymond, William Beaman; in 1865, George B. Raymond, John D. Howard, M. B. White.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Webster Whitney. The town-treasurer in 1861 was William Brown, 2d; in 1862, 1863, and 1864, John H. Fairbanks; in 1865, Anson B. Smith.

1861. On the receipt of the news of the fall of Fort Sumter meetings were held on the 15th and 16th of April, and speeches were made by leading citizens. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held April 27th. Five thousand dollars were appropriated to aid in forming a military company for active service; each man was to receive a uniform, a revolver, and eight dollars a month when in active service, and one dollar a day while engaged in drilling previous to enlistment; all persons between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five were invited to meet in the town hall every Saturday afternoon to drill.1 July 4th, The selectmen were directed to pay State aid to soldiers' families as provided by law.

1862. July 19th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who should enlist for three years within twenty days and be credited to the town; the bounty to be paid either to the soldier or his family as he should elect. The treasurer was authorized to borrow five thousand dollars to pay the same. A recruiting committee of one from each school-district was appointed. On the 2d of August Hon. A. H. Bullock addressed a large meeting of citizens ‘with characteristic force ’

1 A full company was not formed at this time, but a number of young men enlisted in the Second Regiment then forming by Colonel, afterwards General, Gordon.

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