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[74] quota of the town, and to borrow money for that purpose. They were also instructed ‘to open a recruiting office, and to advertise the same.’

1865. March 6th, The selectmen were authorized to keep on recruiting, and to pay the same bounty, ‘to fill all quotas of the town on any future call of the President for volunteers.’

We have been unable to ascertain the exact number of men which Florida furnished for the war, but probably it was about seventy-five. We know, however, that at the end of the war the town had completed, in full, all demands made upon it for men, and had a surplus of five over and above these demands. None were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was four thousand nine hundred and eighty dollars ($4,980).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for State aid to the families of volunteers during the four years of the war, and which was afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $40; in 1862, $402.60; in 1863, $975; in 1864, $600.27; in 1865, $300.51. Total amount, $2,328.38.


Great Barrington

Incorporated June 30, 1761. Population in 1860, 3,871; in 1865, 3,920. Valuation in 1860, $1,843,798; in 1865, $2,177,071.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Walter W. Hollensbeck, Henry Foote, John Burgherst; in 1863, John M. Seeley, George Church, B. F. Gilmore; in 1864 and 1865, John M. Seeley, George Church, Charles J. Taylor.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war, and for many years previous thereto, was Isaac Seeley. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, was Egbert Hollister.

1861. On the 22d of April, three days after the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment had been attacked in Baltimore, and the first blood had been shed in the Rebellion, a call for a public meeting was issued, inviting ‘the inhabitants of Great Barrington, and the adjoining towns, to attend a public meeting at the ’

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