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‘ [239] raised money for clothing, hospital necessaries, &c., of which it would be impossible now to obtain particulars.’


Incorporated Oct. 7, 1640. Population in 1860, 3,310; in 1865, 3,609. Valuation in 1860, $1,145,413; in 1865, $1,680,089.

The selectmen in 1861 were Thomas J. Clark, Benjamin E. Fifield, John True; in 1862, Thomas J. Clark, Benjamin E. Fifield, William S. Pettengill; in 1863, Thomas J. Clark, Benjamin E. Fifield, Moses K. Pike; in 1864, Thomas J. Clark, Benjamin E. Fifield, William S. Pettengill; in 1865, Thomas J. Clark, Benjamin E. Fifield, Streeter Evans.

The town-clerk during all of the years of the war was Azor O. Webster. The town-treasurer in 1861 was Eben W. Tucker; in 1862 and 1863, Morrill C. Osgood; in 1864 and 1865, George Morrill.

1861. On the 20th of April, the day after the Massachusetts Sixth Regiment was attacked in Baltimore, one hundred young men of Salisbury formed a military company, which they named ‘The Wallace Guards,’ in honor of Edward Wallace, a citizen of the town, ‘who was the first to offer a loan of one hundred dollars without interest to the Government, and to whom was sent, by the Secretary of the Treasury (Governor Chase) the first treasury note that was issued by the department.’ Mr. Wallace was a lame man, and therefore incapacitated for military service; but ‘he gave of his earnings seventy-five dollars to the man who would supply his place.’ On the 26th of April a citizens' war-meeting was held. R. W. Robinson was chosen to preside, assisted by a large number of vicepresi-dents and secretaries. A series of resolutions was presented by Rev. B. P. Byrum, which were unanimously adopted, one of which, as showing the patriotic spirit which pervaded the whole, was as follows—

Resolved, That we assure the Government of our profound and undiminished attachment, and we tender to it a vigorous support and defence in any and every way that duty and fidelity may demand.

The meeting was ably addressed by Mr. Byrum, Rev. T. D.

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