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The selectmen in 1866 reported that Hinsdale had furnished eighty-five men for the war, and the town-clerk in 1870 reports that Hinsdale furnished but seventy-three men, when the fact is, that Hinsdale furnished at least one hundred and fifty men; for it furnished its full quota on every call of the President for men, and at the end of the war had a surplus of fifteen over and above all 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 nineteen thousand and ninety-nine dollars and eighty-two cents ($19,099.82).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war for State aid to the families of enlisted men, and which was afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $103.14; in 1862, $860.64; in 1863, $1,682; in 1864, $2,000; in 1865, $1,400. Total amount in four years, $6,045.78.

The ladies of Hinsdale contributed in garments and money for the soldiers, independent of their own labor, to the value of three hundred and fifty dollars.


Incorporated June 21, 1765. Population in 1860, 1,308; in 1865, 1,292. Valuation in 1860, $641,549; in 1865, $661,048.

The selectmen in 1861 were Stephen T. Whipple, William A. Talcott, Ezra H. Sherman; in 1862 and 1863, Stephen T. Whipple, Ezra H. Sherman, Luther H. Washburn; in 1864, Stephen T. Whipple, Jared D. Northale, William H. Meade.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was William A. Fuller. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863, was Jedediah W. Newton; in 1864, William A. Fuller; in 1865, Charles B. Whitney.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 10th of December; at which the selectmen were authorized to expend such sums from the treasury as they may deem necessary for the relief of the families of volunteers, who are in the military service, and belong to Lanesborough, as the law in relation thereto provides.

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