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[241] amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-three thousand one hundred and eighty-three dollars and thirty cents ($33,183.30).

The amount of money raised and appropriated by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers during the four years of the war, and afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $490.08; in 1862, $4,045.48; in 1863, $5,780.86; in 1864, $5,519.19; in 1865, $5,100.00. Total amount, $20,935.61.

The ladies of Salisbury formed a Soldiers' Aid Society early in the war to furnish under-clothing and other material for the soldiers, and to aid and assist their families. Several fairs were held by them to raise funds. Nearly twelve hundred dollars were raised by voluntary contribution, to which the adjoining town of Amesbury furnished its proportion.


Incorporated Feb. 17, 1815. Population in 1860, 2,024; in 1865, 2,006. Valuation in 1860, $1,148,128; in 1865, $1,300,074.

The selectmen in 1861 were William H. Newhall, George H. Sweetser, Josiah Starr; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, William H. Newhall, George H. Sweetser, Solomon Snow.

The town-clerk during all these years was William H. Newhall, and the town-treasurer during the same period was Julian D. Lawrence.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to consider matters relating to the war, was held on the 30th of April, at which Samuel Hawkes, William H. Newhall, George H. Sweetser, Josiah Starr, and Artemas Edmonds were chosen a committee to fix upon what compensation should be paid to citizens of the town when called into the military service, and for the support of their families while they are absent. Five thousand dollars were appropriated, subject to the order of the committee. If a sufficient number of citizens volunteer to form a military company, each member was to be furnished with a uniform and ‘one of Colt's best revolvers;’ the cost not to exceed one thousand dollars.

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