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[265] wounded soldiers during the whole of the war. The money value of their contributions was about three hundred dollars.


Incorporated Sept. 28, 1793. Population in 1860, 683; in 1865, 635. Valuation in 1860, $380,385; in 1865, $390,569.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Leonard Barton, Samuel P. Stratton, Ezra O. Purple; in 1863, Henry Bascom, Samuel P. Stratton, Ozias Roberts; in 1864, Simon C. Phillips, Samuel P. Stratton, Ezra O. Purple; in 1865, Simon C. Phillips, J. B. Marble, A. C. Doane.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all of these years was Josiah D. Cummings.

The record of the war votes of Gill has been furnished in a form different from that of the other towns. We are indebted to Mr. Cummings, town clerk and treasurer, for the following record:—

‘During the whole war the town almost unanimously voted to sustain the General Government, and held repeated war-meetings to raise volunteers; raised some half dozen flag-staffs, and procured as many flags, and “put things through” generally. We volunteered readily at the first call of the President for troops, and always afterward filled our quotas, even exceeding our actual requirement. This town in the last war with Great Britain was the only one in the county to volunteer, and has always had the reputation of being “spunky.” Always count on Gill in a war that is for sustaining the old flag of our fathers and the Union.’

Gill furnished sixty-six men for the war, which was a surplus of seven over and above all demands. None were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was nine thousand five hundred and eight dollars ($9,508.00).1

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for State aid to the families of soldiers during the years of the war,

1 When the order came for a draft, Mr. Cummings, the town clerk and treasurer, offered to be one of ten men to volunteer ‘without bounty or other fee than the regular army pay, although he was past the draft age.’

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