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The amount of money raised and expended by the town for State aid to the families of soldiers during the years of the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $23.92; in 1862, $624.40; in 1863, $1,486.80; in 1864, $840.44; in 1865, $543.56. Total amount, $3,519.12.


Incorporated Feb. 17, 1763. Population in 1860, 932; in 1865, 909. Valuation in 1860, $342,556; in 1865, $220,657.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were William H. Bass, Sylvanus N. Atwood, Charles R. Gale; in 1863, Charles R. Gale, Hervey Barber, Eben G. Ball; in 1864, Hervey Barber, Eben G. Ball, Jesse F. Bridge; in 1865, E. F. Mayo, J. F. Bridge, William II. Gale.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was E. F. Mayo. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863, was Benjamin G. Putnam; in 1864 and 1865, Philip Young.

1861. There does not appear to have been any action taken by the town, in its corporate capacity, in relation to the war during this year.

1862. A town-meeting was held on the 25th of August, at which it was voted to authorize the selectmen to borrow money and to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each person who shall volunteer and be accepted to fill the quota of the town on the last call of the President for three hundred thousand men.

1863. At a meeting held on the 12th of December, it was voted ‘to authorize the selectmen to procure volunteers for the United-States service.’

1864. On the 6th of April the town voted ‘to raise fifteen hundred dollars to be assessed, or as much of the same as the selectmen shall deem necessary, to be expended in the payment of bounties to soldiers who have or shall volunteer in the town's quota;’ also, ‘to authorize the selectmen to cause the quota of the town to be filled with volunteers in advance of any draft.’ ‘The town at several meetings voted to pay the highest bounties allowed by the laws of the State.’

Mr. Mayo, the town-clerk, writes: ‘The men who went ’

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