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1863. No action appears to have been taken by the town in its corporate capacity during this year, in relation to the war.

1864. May 24th, Voted, To assess nine thousand five hundred and twenty-five dollars; of which two thousand dollars is to refund to the volunteer fund what was paid in October, 1863, twelve hundred dollars to fill a deficiency in the quota of the town, and sixty-five hundred to pay bounties to volunteers who shall enlist to the quota of the town during the year ending March 1, 1865.

Amherst furnished three hundred and thirty-two men for the war,1 which was a surplus of twenty-nine over and above all demands. Twenty were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-nine thousand five hundred and thirty-five dollars and forty-seven cents ($29,535.47). In addition to this sum $23,779.50 were contributed by individuals, and received from fairs held by the patriotic ladies of Amherst for the benefit of the soldiers.

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to the soldiers' families and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $672.71; in 1862, $2,995.34; in 1863, $4,612.51; in 1864, $4,810.31; in 1865, $2,676.89. Total amount, $15,769.76.


Incorporated June 30, 1761. Population in 1860, 2,709; in 1865, 2,636. Valuation in 1860, $1,063,603; in 1865, $1,108,591.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Joshua G. Longley, Martin Sedgewick, Henry J. Chandler; in 1863, Leonard Barrett, Wright Barrett, Joshua G. Longley; in 1864 and 1865, Joshua G. Longley, A. Ralph Owen, Henry J. Chandler.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all of these years was Edwin R. Bridgeman.

1 The town authorities claim to have furnished three hundred and forty-five men for the war, of whom twenty-one were in the navy.

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