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The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, 00; in 1862, $276.00: in 1863, $723.76; in 1864, $565.00; in 1865, $550.00. Total amount, $2,114.76.


Incorporated May 5, 1774. Population in 1860, 960; in 1865, 914. Valuation in 1860, $292,830; in 1865, $284,644.

The selectmen in 1861 were Asa L. Field, Luther Dudley, Timothy Putnam; in 1862, Silas Ball, Elihu Hemenway, Luther Dudley; in 1863, Timothy B. Pierce, Alden C. Field, William H. Smith; in 1864, Timothy B. Pierce, Frederick W. Field, Charles Lawton; in 1865, Alden C. Field, Luther Dudley, Frederick W. Field.

The town-clerk in 1861 and 1862 was Elisha M. Ingram; in 1863, Levi M. Graves; in 1864 and 1865, Charles H. Field. The treasurer of the town during all these years was Elijah Ingram.

1861. The first meeting, to consider matters in regard to the war, was held on the 13th of May, at which it was voted to pay ‘each volunteer a dollar a day, for one month, previous to going into camp.’ October 14th, Voted, to raise money ‘to aid the wives and children of volunteers,’ in accordance with the act of the Legislature.

1862. July 25th, Voted, to raise eight hundred dollars to pay bounties to eight volunteers for three years military service, who shall enlist to fill the quota of the town, under the late call of the President for more men. September 22d, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for nine months service, and be credited to the quota of the town. Eleven men were required. December 17th, Voted, ‘to procure two volunteers, at one hundred dollars each, to prevent a draft, or if two men are drafted to pay them the same.’

1863. September 28th, Voted, to raise thirteen hundred and sixty-seven dollars to pay bounties to volunteers to fill the quota of the town.

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