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The selectmen in 1861 were John W. Marshall, William Marchant, Addison Gott; in 1862, Joshua Tarr, Austin W. Story, William H. Bradley, Jr.; in 1863, Austin W. Story, William H. Bradley, Jr., Henry Dennis, Jr.; in 1864, Henry Dennis, Jr., William Marchant, David Brooks; in 1865, Henry Dennis, Jr., William Marchant, William Caldwell.

The town-clerk during all these years was William Pool. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863, was Henry Clark; in 1864 and 1865, Joseph Manning.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to consider matters connected with the war, was held April 30th, at which a report was made by a committee who had been chosen at a citizens' meeting held April 22d. The report recommended an appropriation of three thousand dollars; that each volunteer for military service should receive twenty dollars when mustered in to the service of the United States; and the remainder of the money to be placed in the hands of a committee to be chosen by the town, to be used as they might think best. The report was accepted. It was also voted ‘to curtail such appropriations, either in part or in whole, as were made at the last annual meeting, as can consistently be done;’ and a committee of seven was appointed to consider which appropriation should be reduced or withheld. In accordance with the recommendation of the committee, a reduction was made to the amount of twenty-five hundred dollars.

1862. April 7th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow, not exceeding five thousand dollars, for aid to soldiers' families. July 22d, Voted, to pay to each volunteer for three years service (to the number of twenty-nine) a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars, when mustered in and credited to the quota of the town. August 4th, The bounty to each three-years volunteer was increased to two hundred dollars. Calvin W. Pool was appointed recruiting agent for the town.1 August 16th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each

1 The quota was soon filled, and the men went into Company F, Thirty-fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, and in less than one month fought bravely at South Mountain and Antietam.

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