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‘ [184] whenever the selectmen deem the charges just and proper, and provided also that the next of kin to the deceased soldier desires such expenses to be paid.’ After discussion, the whole matter was left to the discretion of the selectmen to act as they might deem proper.

Bradford, according to a return made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished one hundred and seven men for the war, which was at least sixty less than the real number furnished and credited, as it had a surplus, over and above all demands, of thirty-one at the end of the war. Four were commissioned officers. The total amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-two thousand one hundred and forty-nine dollars and forty-two cents. In addition to this amount, eight thousand seven hundred and fifty-six dollars and sixty-three cents were raised by private subscription, making a total amount of thirty thousand nine hundred and six dollars and five cents ($30,906.05).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for State aid to the families of volunteers during the years of the war, and which was afterwards refunded to it by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $654.68; in 1862, $2,475.13; in 1863, $3,185.22; in 1864, $3,000.00; in 1865, $2,600.00. Total amount, $11,915.03.

The ladies of Bradford during the war formed ‘a large sewing-circle’ which met as often as once a week to prepare articles for the soldiers. Several fairs were held under their superintendence, at which considerable sums were raised, which were expended in furnishing comfortable articles for the sick and wounded.


Incorporated June 16, 1757. Population in 1860, 5,110; in 1865, 5,144. Valuation in 1860, $2,455,948; in 1865, $2,237,630.

The selectmen in 1861 were Francis Dodge, William Dodge, Jr., Charles Chaplin; in 1862, William Dodge, Jr., Charles Chaplin, Augustus Fowler; in 1863, Jacob F. Perry, John A. Putnam, James A. Perry; in 1864 and 1865, Jacob F. Perry, William Dodge, Jr., John A. Putnam.

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