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The town-clerk in 1861 and 1862 was Thomas A. Omar; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Jonathan F. Cook. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863, was Otis S. Lyman; in 1864 and 1865, Joseph C. Chaffee.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to consider war matters, was held May 4th, which was opened with prayer by Rev. Nahum Gale, D. D. Voted, that a military company of at least sixty-four men be enrolled ‘to hold themselves in readiness for a call into active service.’ On motion of Marshall Wilcox, Esq., it was—

Resolved, That the inhabitants of Lee deem it important that the Government of the United States should have the hearty and earnest encouragement and active assistance of every loyal citizen in suppressing the treasonable rebellion which aims at the overthrow of our laws and the Constitution of the land; and that as citizens of Lee, actuated by a love of our country and of universal liberty, we are ready to share in the common effort of sustaining our Government; and, as a town, we assure those of our citizens who shall enter into the service of the Government as volunteer soldiers, that their families dependent upon them shall be well and honorably provided for and sustained during their entire absence.

The resolution was unanimously adopted, and the selectmen were authorized to borrow three thousand dollars. Isaac C. Ives, William Taylor, Harrison Garfield, and John Branning were joined with the selectmen in the expenditure of the money. The selectmen were also authorized to procure a suitable room for drilling purposes.

1862. April 6th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow money for the payment of aid to the families of volunteers. July 21st, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer for three years service who has enlisted, or who may enlist, to the number of thirty-seven,—said bounty to be paid when properly mustered in and credited; and the selectmen were authorized to borrow thirty-seven hundred dollars to pay the same. August 28th, It was voted to pay the same amount of bounty to volunteers for nine months service, to be paid by notes running for nine months with interest; but if any volunteer ‘thus raised be dishonorably discharged, said note ’

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