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[130] and persons who have served one year in the military service shall not be taxed to pay any part of said amounts.

The selectmen of Easton reported in 1866 that the town had furnished three hundred and thirty-four men for the war,1 which is more than the number that was required of it. The surplus of men at the end of the war, after the town had filled its quota upon every call made by the President, was thirty-four. Fourteen were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was forty thousand five hundred and three dollars ($40,503.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $2,052.53; in 1862, $5,947.40; in 1863, $4,905.56; in 1864, $4,800.00; in 1865, $2,800.00. Total amount in four years, $20,505.59.

‘The ladies of Easton deserve honorable mention, and great credit, for important and valuable services rendered to their country in the time of its great peril, not merely by their intense patriotism, but by their labors. They organized societies and circles for preparing lint, garments, and many other things necessary for the comfort of the sick and wounded. They were ingenious and indefatigable in their efforts to find ways and means to aid the cause, and mitigate the inevitable evils of war. Their contributions amounted to a very large sum.’


Incorporated Feb. 22, 1812. Population in 1860, 3,118; in 1865, 2,548. Valuation in 1860, $3,596,609; in 1865, $1,778,217.2

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Rodolphus W. Dexter, Jonathan Cowen, Bartholomew Taber; in 1863, Bartholomew Taber, Jonathan Cowen, George H. Taber; in 1864, Bartholomew

1 Forty-six of whom died in the service.

2 This large falling off of the valuation during these five years is to be accounted for by the danger to which whaling vessels were exposed during the war, in which business the citizens of Fairhaven were chiefly interested.

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