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[166] nine-months volunteers the sum of three hundred dollars, when he is mustered into the United-States service, until the quota of the town is filled.

This system of paying bounties to volunteers and State aid to their families continued until the end of the war.

The selectmen in 1866 reported that Chilmark had furnished twenty-six men for the war, which undoubtedly is only the number of residents of the town who were in the military service. Mr. Norton, the town-clerk, under date of January 16th, 1871, writes as follows : ‘As to the number of men furnished, we cannot tell. All we know, we filled all our quotas, and paid some five thousand dollars in bounties for volunteers.’ The truth is, Chilmark furnished about sixty men for the war; for, after having filled every demand made upon it by the President, the town had a surplus of one over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was five thousand one hundred and fifty-one dollars and seventy-nine cents ($5,151.79).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for State aid to soldiers' families during the four years of the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $25.71; in 1862, $132.00; in 1863, $104.00; in 1864, $232.72; in 1865, $90.44. Total amount in four years, $586.87.

The ladies of Chilmark did every thing they could for the soldiers. Their isolated position gave them small opportunity to do all they would have been pleased to do; as it was, they furnished, in clothing and money, to the value of about one hundred dollars.


Incorporated July 8, 1671. Population in 1860, 2,118; in 1865, 1,846. Valuation in 1860, $1,369,721; in 1865, $1,035,467.

The selectmen in 1861 were Jeremiah Pease, John H. Pease, Nathaniel M. Jernegan; in 1862, David Davis, John H. Pease, Cornelius B. Marchant; in 1863, William Bradley, Cornelius B. Marchant, Tristram Cleveland; in 1864, Benjamin Davis,

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