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[79] soldiers, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, 00; in 1862, $244; in 1863, $327.79; in 1864, $293.57; in 1865, $275. Total amount, $1,140.41.

The ladies of Hancock were busy during the whole of the war ‘in devising means, and sending to the soldiers articles for their comfort, in the field, hospital, or wherever they could be found.’


Incorporated June 21, 1804. Population in 1860, 1,511; in 1865, 1,517. Valuation in 1860, $557,661; in 1865, $801,775.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were William H. Carson, Clark Prince, Ezra B. Tracy; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, William H. Carson, Lysander M. Francis, Ezra B. Tracy.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was John Cady; the town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864, was Henry A. Deming; in 1865, Ameroy E. Taylor.

1861. We regret that the returns we have received from Hinsdale are not so full and complete as we wish they might have been. We find, however, that the first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 10th of May, at which the town appropriated two thousand dollars, ‘to be used by the selectmen as might be required by the Government of the United States, for war purposes.’

1862. A legal town-meeting was held on the 9th of October, at which four thousand one hundred and fifty dollars were appropriated for the payment of bounties to volunteers,—‘the selectmen having expended that amount in furnishing men, in obedience to the call of the President of the United States.’

1863. At a town-meeting held on the 6th of April, thirteen hundred dollars were appropriated ‘for the payment of expenses of recruiting volunteers.’

1864. On the 4th of April the town voted one thousand two hundred and eighty-five dollars for the same purpose.

1865. April 29th, Four thousand two hundred and eighty-nine dollars and three cents were appropriated to reimburse citizens ‘who had subscribed and paid money for raising volunteers.’

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