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[266] and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $64.00; in 1862, $526.80; in 1863, $871.00; in 1864, $636.00; in 1865, $269.49. Total amount, $2,367.29.

The ladies of Gill were constantly engaged through the war in sewing, knitting, scraping lint, &c. They held weekly meetings, ‘and sent box after box to the seat of war. One lady knit eighty-three pairs of woollen socks for the soldiers alone.’


Incorporated June 9, 1753. Population in 1860, 3,198; in 1865, 3,211. Valuation in 1860, $1,534,425; in 1865, $1,899,806.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Alfred R. Field, Hervey C. Newton, Aaron K. Warner; in 1863, Humphrey Stevens, Hervey C. Newton, Aaron K. Warner; in 1864, Humphrey Stevens, Henry L. Pratt, Frederick G. Smith; in 1865, Humphrey Stevens, Hervey C. Newton, Aaron K. Warner.

The town-clerk during all these years was Noah S. Wells. The town-treasurer in 1861 and 1862 was Rufus Howland; in 1863 and 1864, Bela Kellogg; in 1865, Noah S. Wells.

1861. A large meeting of the citizens of Greenfield, composed of gentlemen of all political parties, was held on the evening of the 20th of April, in the town hall, at which patriotic speeches were made, and the following resolutions presented by Hon. Daniel W. Alvord were unanimously adopted:—

Resolved, That the safety of the Republic, the welfare of the people, the preservation of our liberties, imperatively require a resort to arms; that force should be met by force, and treason and rebellion crushed by the strong hand of power.

Resolved, That, in an emergency like this, present party names should be forgotten, party prejudices and animosities buried, and all good citizens should stand together in the defence of our common country.

Resolved, That we will give our united and hearty support to the administration in all lawful efforts to suppress the Rebellion; that we will furnish our full proportion of means and men;, and that we pledge our fortunes and our lives for the defence of the Republic, and the maintenance of liberty.

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