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[158] of June, when the recruiting agents were directed to recruit men to fill the quota of the town, under a call which it was expected the President would soon issue. Nathan M. Woods was added to the committee to assist in recruiting. The treasurer was directed to borrow money, and to pay each volunteer, when properly credited to the quota of the town, a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars. This system, without material alteration, was continued until the end of the war.

The selectmen reported in 1866 that the town had furnished one hundred and three men for the war, which is full thirty-five less than the number actually furnished and credited to the town, as it filled its full quota upon every call made by the President for volunteers, and at the end of the war had a surplus of ten over and above all demands. It is proper also to state that twenty-five citizens of Swanzey enlisted in Rhode-Island regiments, for whom no credit was given nor allowance made. The whole amount of money appropriated by the town and raised by private subscription, and expended on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was nineteen thousand nine hundred and eighty dollars and fifty-eight cents ($19,980.58).

The whole 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 repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $145.76; in 1862, $1,036.80; in 1863, $1,130.08; in 1864, $889.20; in 1865, $800.00. Total amount in four years, $4,001.64.


Incorporated as a town Sept. 3, 1639; as a city, May 11, 1864. Population in 1860, 15,376; in 1865, 16,005. Valuation in 1860, $8,211,023; in 1865, $8,463,074.

The selectmen in 1861, 1862, and 1863, were Allen Presbrey, Cornelius White, Isaac G. Currier; in 1864, Allen Presbrey, Nathan S. Williams, Abram Briggs. In 1864 a city government was formed, and Edward H. Bennett was chosen mayor.

The town-clerk in 1861 and 1862 was Henry C. Porter; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, James M. Cushman. The townurer

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