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Eastham

Incorporated June 2, 1646. Population in 1860, 779; in 1865, 757. Valuation in 1860, $226,795; in 1865, $219,948.

The selectmen during the years 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, were Zara Higgins, Prince S. Harding, Jonathan Snow.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Herman Doane. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864, was Herman Doane; in 1865, Josiah M. Cole.

1861. There does not appear to have been any action taken by the town, in its corporate capacity, in relation to the war during this year.

1862. On the 28th of July a special town-meeting was held, to take measures to fill the quota of the town under the recent call of the President for three hundred thousand three-years men; at which it was voted to authorize the payment of a bounty of two hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer who would enlist and be credited to the town. The selectmen were authorized to borrow one thousand dollars to pay the same. An enlistment paper was opened at the meeting, and four young men of Eastham immediately enrolled their names as volunteers. These filled the quota of the town. The names of the young men were Francis Penmore, Henry Morrison, Peter Higgins, Nathan A. Gill. The meeting then passed the following resolutions—

Resolved, That we cherish an unfaltering attachment to the Union and the Constitution formed by our patriotic fathers, and deeply deplore the cause which has produced such an unhappy alienation between the people of the North and South, which has ripened into a gigantic rebellion and unprecedented civil war.

Resolved, That we highly approve the judicious and patriotic course of the President of the United States in this trying hour, amid the jargon of party warfare that is carried on in the high places of the nation against the wise provisions and requirements of that timehon-ored Constitution; and while he continues to stand firmly on that rock of our country's salvation, we will stand by and maintain him with all the men in our power, in his efforts to restore our divided and distracted country to its honor and peace.

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