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‘ [77] of the war, in procuring volunteers for the service.’

1864. On the 18th of June a town-meeting was held, at which it was voted to fix the bounty to each volunteer, for three years service, at one hundred and twenty-five dollars. Several other meetings were held during the year, to encourage enlistments, at which nothing of especial interest was done.

Great Barrington was reported by the selectmen in 1866 as having furnished four hundred and thirty men for the war, which is about the number the town furnished, and which was a surplus of eight over and above all demands made upon it during the war. Seventeen were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-five thousand six hundred and ninety-one dollars and eighty-two cents ($25,691.82).

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 reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $651.48; in 1862, $3,854.97; in 1863, $6,422.58; in 1864, $5,371.26; in 1865, $3,200. Total amount in four years, $19,500.29.

The ladies of Great Barrington formed a Soldiers' Aid Society on the 2d of May, 1861, which met once a week, to do soldiers' work, until the close of the war. We have not been able to procure a detailed account of their labors, but this fact may be taken as an illustration of their entire course. Immediately after the battle of the Wilderness, in May, 1864, they raised twenty-two hundred and eighty-two dollars for the benefit of the sick and wounded.


Incorporated July 2, 1776. Population in 1860, 816; in 1865, 967. Valuation in 1860, $494,484; in 1865, $490,299.

The selectmen in 1861 were Gardner Eldridge, H. H. Whitman, C. P. Lapham; in 1862, H. H. Whitman, D. H. Gardner, J. C. Gorton; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, H. H. Whitman, R. L. Mason, James R. Whitman.

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