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[257] and fifty dollars to refund to citizens money subscribed and paid by them to aid recruiting; also, eight hundred and seventy-five dollars to pay bounties to volunteers under ‘the existing call.’ Several other meetings were held during the year, at which money was appropriated to pay bounties to recruits and aid to their families. The amount of bounty to be paid each volunteer was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars.

Bernardston furnished about one hundred and four men for the war, which was a surplus of seventeen over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was six thousand six hundred and ninety-four dollars and eighty-three cents ($6,694.83).

The amount of money raised and paid by the town during the years of the war for State aid to the families of volunteers, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $46.00; in 1862, $625.88; in 1863, $1,245.76; in 1864, $1,155.55; in 1865, $900.00. Total amount, $3,973.19.


Incorporated April 14, 1779. Population in 1860, 1,702; in 1865, 1,922. Valuation in 1860, $497,592; in 1865, $526,468.

The selectmen in 1861 were Samuel Toby, S. L. Bardwell, Thomas Orcutt; in 1862, Samuel Toby, Thomas Orcutt, E. B. Williams; in 1863, David Hawkes, Thomas Orcutt, E. B. Williams; in 1864, David Hawkes, Thomas Orcutt, J. W. Griswold; in 1865, S. W. McKnight, S. J. Ward, Bartlett Ballard.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer in 1861 and 1862 was S. L. Bardwell; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Samuel Toby.

1861. The first legal town-meeting was held April 24th, at which five hundred dollars were appropriated to uniform the militia company in Buckland. June 24th, Voted, to pay State aid to the families of volunteers as provided by act of the Legislature.

1862. March 3d, The selectmen were authorized to borrow money to provide for the comfort of the soldiers' families living in the town. July 26th, Voted, to appropriate four hundred

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