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‘ [109] procure a sufficient number of men to fill the quota of the town.’ A gentleman for whom we have a high regard, and who knew ‘all about it,’ writes: ‘War-meetings were held to encourage enlistments, to help the noblest and best of governments the sun ever shone upon; and young men volunteered, in cases not a few, where their parents refused granting their requests to join the Union army, and being under age were thus kept at home.’

Washington furnished about one hundred men for the service, and filled its quota upon every call made by the President for men, and at the end of the war had a surplus of one, over and above every demand made upon it. Two were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was six thousand dollars ($6,000.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers during the four years of the war, and which was afterwards reimbursed to it by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $94.85; in 1862, $662.08; in 1863, $1,298.39; in 1864, $977.21; in 1865, $600.00. Total amount, $3,632.53.

‘The ladies of Washington met on various occasions, and prepared lint and bandages for the wounded soldiers in hospitals.’

West Stockbridge

Incorporated Feb. 23, 1774. Population in 1860, 1,589; in 1865, 1,621. Valuation in 1860, $602,010: in 1865, $613,816.

The selectmen in 1861 were Franklin B. Cone, Daniel A. Treat, Charles E. Rees; in 1862, 1863, and 1864, George W. Kniffen, Henry T. Ford, Thomas W. Barnes; in 1865, Henry T. Ford, Charles S. Platt, John P. Pomeroy.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all the years of the war was William C. Spaulding.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 18th of November; at which the selectmen were authorized to pay State aid to the families of volunteers, as provided by law. The treasurer was directed to

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