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[194] the army and navy, as it filled its quota on every call of the President, and at the end of the war had a surplus of one hundred and fifty-eight over and above all demands. Fifty-six were commissioned officers 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 fifty-six thousand nine hundred and sixty-four dollars ($56,964.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the years of the war for State aid to the families of soldiers, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $2,706.21; in 1862, $19,994.81; in 1863, $23,562.21; in 1864, $18,500.00; in 1865, $11,300.00. Total amount, $76,064.23.

In no town in the Commonwealth, of its population and means, were the ladies more active, generous, and patriotic in behalf of the soldiers, than were the ladies of Gloucester. We regret our inability to obtain a full statement of their good works.


Incorporated March 8, 1850. Population in 1860, 1,448; in 1865, 1,620. Valuation in 1860, $538,123; in 1865, $666,119.

The selectmen during the years 1861 and 1862 were Nathaniel Ladd, Solomon Spofford, C. W. Hopkinson; in 1863, Nathaniel Ladd, C. W. Hopkinson, Samuel Balch; in 1864, Nathaniel Ladd, Z. C. Wardwell, C. W. Hopkinson.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all these years was Morris Spofford.

1861. The first meeting in Groveland, to consider matters connected with the war, was held April 30th, at which E. B. George, Elijah Clarke, John C. Foote, N. H. Griffith, and D. H. Stickney were chosen ‘to furnish all persons who are called into active service from this town with all necessary articles, and to provide for their families during their absence;’ also, ‘that all volunteers from this town in regularly organized companies, holding themselves liable to instant call to the service of their country, and in constant drill to prepare themselves for service, be paid ten dollars a month while so ’

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