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[175] Eighteen were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was forty thousand five hundred and fifty-seven dollars ($40,557.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and afterwards repaid to it by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,151.20; in 1862, $4,822.96; in 1863, $8,518.57; in 1864, $7,827.07; in 1865, $4,500.00. Total amount, $26,819.80.


Incorporated May 6, 1668. Population in 1860, 4,765; in 1865, 5,309. Valuation in 1860, $2,339,977; in 1865, $2,702,426.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were William S. Jenkins, Asa A. Abbott, Benjamin Boynton; in 1863 and 1864, John B. Abbott, Benjamin Boynton, George Foster; in 1865, William S. Jenkins, John B. Abbott, Herman Phelps.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all the years of the war was Edward Taylor.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters connected with the war, was held on the 6th of May; at which it was voted to furnish each resident of the town who enlists in the military service with a uniform, a rubber blanket, and seventeen dollars in money, when ‘called into actual service;’ also, to remit his poll-tax, to pay eight dollars a month as aid to his family, and fifty cents a day for every day spent in drilling, previous to being mustered in to the United-States service, not exceeding in all sixty days. The free use of the town hall was given to the military. The treasurer was authorized to borrow, not exceeding eight thousand dollars, for the above purposes; and William Chickering, Jedidiah Bartt, and John B. Jenkins were appointed a committee of ‘National Defence’ for the expenditure of the money. A series of patriotic resolutions were passed, among which were the following:—

Resolved, That we will respond to the call of the President of the United States for the means to suppress this Rebellion, by encouraging volunteers in this town to enlist in the service of the Government,

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