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1865. Several meetings were held this year, but nothing of general interest was done.

Northfield furnished about one hundred and seventy-five men for the war, which was a surplus of ten over and above all demands. Three were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money raised and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was nineteen thousand one hundred and seventy-three dollars and thirty-four cents ($19,173.34).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers during the years of the war, and which was afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $236.29; in 1862, $1,870.18; in 1863, $2,552.95; in 1864, $1,900.00; in 1865, $1,350.00. Total amount, $7,909.42.

The ladies of the town organized a Soldiers' Aid Society, which met once a fortnight during the war. The articles and money contributed by them were forwarded to the front through the agents of the Sanitary and Christian Commissions.


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Incorporated Feb. 24, 1810. Population in 1860, 1,622; in 1865, 1,909. Valuation in 1860, $543,346; in 1865, $599,243.

The selectmen in 1861, 1862, and 1863, were Admiral A. Ward, Darwin Merriam, Davis Goddard; in 1864, Davis Goddard, Darwin Merriam, H. N. Moore; in 1865, A. J. Clark, J. D. Flagg, Thomas E. Bridge.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was John W. Wheeler. The town-treasurer during the same period was W. S. Ballou.

1861. May 6th, Voted, to raise five thousand dollars ‘to arm and equip a company of volunteers, and to support their families.’ One dollar a day was allowed each man for drilling for thirty days under a drill-master, and ten dollars a month while in active service, in addition to the Government pay. Davis Goddard, H. Baker, Rodney Hunt, Levi Kilburn, and Admiral A. Ward, were appointed a committee to carry the vote of the town into effect, and to see that the families of the

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