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The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 4th of May, 1861; at which it was voted to ‘raise two thousand dollars to equip the volunteers from Chester, and to pay their support and the support of their families while drilling.’

A number of meetings were held during the war, at which money was appropriated for the payment of bounties to volunteers and State aid to their families. The returns which we have received from Chester are not so full as those which have come to us from the other towns, and therefore a full abstract of the town's proceedings cannot be given.

Chester, according to a return made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished ninety-eight men for the war, which is at least twenty-five less than the true number, as it filled its quota on every call of the President, and at the end of the war had a surplus of three over and above all demands. Four were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was ten thousand six hundred and fifty-nine dollars and eighty-four cents ($10,659.84).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $323.20; in 1862, $989.42; in 1863, $797.39; in 1864, $1,942.26; in 1865, $1,089.92. Total amount, $5,142.19.


Incorporated April 29, 1848. Population in 1860, 7,261; in 1865, 7,581. Valuation in 1860, $2,782,288; in 1865, $3,128,250.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Otis Chapman, Silas Mosman, William Thayer, Lucas B. Chapin, Daniel Knapp; in 1863, Otis Chapman, Edgar T. Paige, Daniel Knapp, Lucas B. Chapin, Silas Mosman; in 1864, Sylvanus Adams, William R. Kentfield, Henry S. Herrick, Pliny Cadwell, George H. Knapp; in 1865, George H. Knapp, Henry S. Herrick, Simon G. Southworth, Russell S. Farney, Charles S. Stiles.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all of these years was Lester Dickenson.

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