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Two other resolutions complete the series: one of which was complimentary to the First Regiment Heavy Artillery Massachusetts Volunteers, in which many Methuen men were members; and the other congratulated those who had bravely, and without injury, faced danger in the battle-field. September 12th, The selectmen were authorized to deposit money with the Treasurer of the Commonwealth to obtain twenty-five recruits to fill the quota of the town, ‘or to procure them in any other manner at the same rate.’

Methuen furnished three hundred and twenty-five men for the war, which was a surplus of fifty-one over and above all demands. Fifteen were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-eight thousand six hundred and fifty-one dollars and seventy-three cents ($38,651.73). In addition to this amount, seven thousand five hundred dollars were gratuitously given by individual citizens, to aid soldiers' families and encourage recruiting.

The amount of money raised and expended by the town in the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers during the four years of the war, and which was afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,625.42; in 1862, $5,494.79; in 1863, $7,044.26; in 1864, $6,392.38; in 1865, $2,900.00. Total amount, $23,456.85.

The ladies of Methuen devoted much time to soldiers' work, though we have been unable to procure a statement of the amount performed. Mr. Pierce, chairman of the selectmen for the present year, writes: ‘As to the doings of the ladies, I can get no definite information. There were both Christian and Sanitary Commission Societies, and a large amount of work was done and sent to those departments. There was nearly one thousand dollars raised by fairs and levees, in money.’


Incorporated June 20, 1728. Population in 1860, 940; in 1865, 922. Valuation in 1860, $383,758; in 1865, $392,465.

The selectmen in 1861 were William A. Merriam, Benjamin P. Richardson, and Asa Howe; in 1862 and 1863, Samuel

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