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[68] the President for men. Three were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was fifteen thousand seven hundred and fifteen dollars ($15,715.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers, and which was afterwards refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $260.40; in 1862, $2,132.23; in 1863, $3,314.03; in 1864, $1,774.41; in 1865, $1,000. Total amount in four years, $8,220.77.

The ladies of Cheshire ‘furnished a large amount of material for the soldiers, which was forwarded by them to the army.’


Incorporated March 2, 1798. Population in 1860, 420; in 1865, 530. Valuation in 1860, $107,505; in 1865, $133,234.

The selectmen in 1861 were Dennis Thayer, James Mixer, Hiram Brown; in 1862, Waterman Brown, John Page, Joseph Miner; in 1863, Waterman Brown, Joseph Miner, Hiram Brown; in 1864, Joseph D. Clark, Ezra W. Gleason, Joseph Miner, Jr.; in 1865, Richard Shattuck, Laban Clark, Henry Worthy.

The town-clerk in 1861, 1862, and 1863, was Waterman Brown; in 1864, William W. Gallup; in 1865, Charles W. Briggs. The town-treasurer in 1861 was Joseph Clark; in 1862 and 1863, Joseph B. Wheeler; in 1864, Waterman Brown; in 1865, Eleazer Ketchum.

1861. No action appears to have been taken by the town, in its corporate capacity, in relation to the war during this year.

1862. The first meeting to act upon war matters was held on the 22d of July; at which five hundred dollars were appropriated to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each of five men who would enlist in the military service for three years, to fill the quota of the town. August 18th, Voted, to pay a bounty of fifty dollars to each volunteer who enlists for nine months and is credited to the town; and to pay ‘to any man five dollars who procures a volunteer that is accepted.’

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