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Shelburne furnished one hundred and eighty men for the war, which was a surplus of twenty-two over and above all demands. Ten were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-seven thousand five hundred and eighty dollars and twenty-three cents ($27,580.23).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of volunteers during the years of the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $314.17; in 1862, $1,429.68; in 1863, $2,415.67; in 1864, $2,516.99; in 1865, $1,600.00. Total amount, $8,276.51.


Incorporated June 30, 1761. Population in 1860, 798; in 1865, 788. Valuation in 1860, $221,007; in 1865, $219,250.

The selectmen in 1861 were John H. Davis, Samuel F. Dudley, Samuel H. Stowell; in 1862, Samuel H. Stowell, William H. Beaman, Samuel F. Dudley; in 1863, Benjamin Winter, Joseph A. Haskins, Elisha P. Spear; in 1864, John H. Davis, Samuel H. Stowell, Silas W. Adams; in 1865, John H. Davis, Benjamin Winter, Samuel F. Dudley.

The town-clerk in 1861, 1862, and 1863, was Joseph A. Haskins; in 1864 and 1865, Samuel H. Stowell. The town-treasurer during all of these years was J. G. Reed.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters connected with the war, was held on the 20th of May, at which the selectmen were authorized to borrow money ‘for the support of any of the families of our citizens who are mustered into military service who need assistance.’

1862. April 7th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow, not exceeding three hundred dollars, for State aid to soldiers' families. July 22d, A committee of two was chosen to aid the selectmen in recruiting volunteers, and to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer (to the number of seven) who shall enlist for three years and be credited to the quota of the town, and to borrow money to pay the same. October 4th, The same bounty was directed to be paid to volunteers for nine months service.

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