previous next

[299] and the selectmen were authorized to keep on recruiting, and to pay the same amount of bounty to the 1st of March, 1865.

1865. May 31st, A vote was passed to raise by taxation four thousand six hundred and six dollars, ‘to refund to individuals the several sums contributed by them to fill the quotas of the town,’ under the several calls of the President for volunteers.

Brimfield furnished one hundred and thirty-eight men for the war, which was a surplus of five over and above all demands. Two were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for military purposes, exclusive of State aid, was fifteen thousand and sixty-four dollars and thirty-three cents ($15,064.33).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for State aid to soldiers' families during the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $250.67; in 1862, $1,123.20; in 1863, $1,704.77; in 1864, $1,666.47; in 1865, $1,108.00. Total amount, $5,853.11.

The ladies of Brimfield were active during the whole of the war in doing good for our soldiers. By subscriptions and fairs held by them, they raised $1,803.25 for the Sanitary and Christian Commissions; and before the Fortieth Regiment left the State, they raised seventy-five dollars, and with it purchased a sword, belt, and sash, which they presented to their townsman, Francis D. Lincoln, who commanded a company in the regiment.


Incorporated Oct. 31, 1731. Population in 1860, 1,314; in 1865, 1,266. Valuation in 1860, $456,635; in 1865, $445,900.

The selectmen in 1861 were Charles W. Knox, Joseph C. Kelso, Erastus D. Ormsby; in 1862 and 1863, Charles W. Knox, Alfred S. Foote, Erastus D. Ormsby; in 1864, Charles W. Knox, Alfred S. Foote, Joseph Kelso; in 1865, Charles W. Knox, George S. Williams, Benjamin B. Eastman.

The town-clerk in 1861 and 1862 was C. C. Carpenter; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Timothy Keefe. The town-treasurer during all of these years was Silas P. Searle.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Brimfield (Massachusetts, United States) (2)
Chester Station (Massachusetts, United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1865 AD (6)
1864 AD (3)
1863 AD (3)
1862 AD (3)
1861 AD (3)
1860 AD (2)
March 1st, 1865 AD (1)
October 31st, 1731 AD (1)
May 31st (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: