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1864. On the 26th of March the town voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who should enlist to fill the quota of the town, under the call of the President, issued Oct. 17, 1863, ‘excepting those who have already received a gratuity from individuals.’ The selectmen were authorized to borrow money to pay bounties.

Freetown, according to the return made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished one hundred and eighteen men for the war; but the real number was about one hundred and fifty, as it had a surplus of four at the end of the war, after having filled its quota upon every call made by the President for men. Eleven were commissioned officers, one of whom was Ebenezer W. Pierce, Esq., who lost an arm in 1862 before Richmond, and was made a brigadier-general of volunteers by President Lincoln. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was sixteen thousand and sixty-one dollars ($16,061.00).

The whole 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 repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $449.45; in 1862, $2,978.62; in 1863, $3,524.34; in 1864, $3,167.48; in 1865, $2,200.00. Total amount in four years, $12,319.89.


Incorporated April 26, 1776. Population in 1860, 2,114; in 1865, 2,131. Valuation in 1860, $711,080; in 1865, $750,442.

The selectmen in 1861 were William B. Bates, Elbridge Sweet, Hiram H. White; in 1862 and 1863, William B. Bates, Elbridge Sweet, James W. White; in 1864, William B. Bates, Elbridge Sweet, William Robinson; in 1865, Elbridge Sweet, William Robinson, E. Copeland.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all of these years was E. M. Reed.

1861. April 29th, Five thousand dollars were appropriated to pay each inhabitant of the town, ‘when called into service,’ fifteen dollars, and fifteen dollars a month while in the service;

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