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The amount of money raised and expended for State aid to the families of volunteers during the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $55.14; in 1862, $660.17; in 1863, $1,746.49; in 1864, $2,379.69; in 1865, $2,200.00. Total amount, $7,041.49.


Incorporated June 16, 1767. Population in 1860, 1,689; in 1865, 1,538. Valuation in 1860, $725,053; in 1865, $703,919.

The selectmen in 1861 were E. Cooley, W. C. Campbell, C. Batchelder; in 1862, E. Cooley, C. Batchelder, Newton Pease; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, C. Batchelder, W. C. Campbell, Consider Arms.

The town-clerk during the whole period of the war was H. W. Billings. The town-treasurer in the years 1861, 1862, and 1863, was G. Edgerton; and in the years 1864 and 1865, H. W. Billings.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to consider questions relating to the war, was held on the 1st of May, at which it was voted to furnish each volunteer belonging to the town with an outfit, not exceeding twenty-five dollars; and to pay him six dollars a month, not exceeding one year; and to pay his family, if he has one, six dollars a month, ‘which may be increased to ten dollars, at the discretion of a committee to be appointed by the town to have charge of the matter.’ The committee chosen were E. Blake, Rev. G. M. Adams, E. D. Hamilton, J. Ingham, and Gordon Edgerton.

1862. March 3d, The town-clerk was directed to keep a full and perfect record of the names of each person belonging to the town, who enlists in the military service of the country, showing the age, time of enlistment, date of discharge, death, &c. July 23d, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who is mustered into the military service for three years, and is credited to the town. September 1st, The same bounty was authorized to be paid to volunteers for the nine months service.

1863. No action appears to have been taken by the town, in its corporate capacity, during this year, in regard to the war, although recruiting continued as before.

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