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Resolved, That we do hereby exonerate our selectmen from the contumely cast upon them by the writer of an article that appears in the ‘Republican Standard’ of Feb. 25, 1864, entitled ‘Recruiting in Westport,’ and still retain the utmost confidence in them as gentlemen of ability and integrity, and hereby tender them our sincere thanks and approbation for their energy and faithfulness in carrying out the instructions (adopted at the various meetings held during the present Rebellion) to procure the requisite number of men required from the town, to answer the several calls of the President of the United States.1

The selectmen in 1866 reported that Westport had furnished two hundred and forty-five men for the war, which evidently did not include men in the navy. Westport probably furnished about two hundred and ninety men, as it filled its quota upon every call made by the President, and at the end of the war had a surplus of thirty-two over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer in the military service. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-one thousand, nine hundred and sixteen dollars and forty cents ($31,916.40).

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, $18.00; in 1862, $2,038.00; in 1863, $4,595.58; in 1864, $3,367.44; in 1865, $2,393.74. Total amount in four years, $12,412.76.

1 We can only guess the character and tone of the article referred to. Mr. Brownell, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and who died while this volume was passing through the press, we knew intimately: he was one of the truest and best men in the State.

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