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[334] June 30th, Voted, to raise a sum of money sufficient to procure forty volunteers.

1865. January 2d, Voted to raise twenty-five hundred dollars ‘to procure recruits on the last call of the President for three hundred thousand men.’

Belchertown furnished two hundred and eighty men for the war, which was a surplus of twenty over and above all demands. Nine 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-nine thousand dollars ($29,000.00).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war, for the payment of State aid to the soldiers' families, and which was afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $484.01; in 1862, $3,137.93; in 1863, $3,901.81; in 1864, $3,834.27; in 1865, $2,218.47. Total amount, $13,576.49.


Incorporated June 11, 1762. Population in 1860, 897; in 1865, 802. Valuation in 1860, $415,746; in 1865, $372,790.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Eli A. Sylvester, Loren L. Tower, Samuel House; in 1863, Patrick Bryant, Samuel House, Chauncy Witherell; in 1864, Patrick Bryant, Ebenezer Edwards, Chauncy Witherell; in 1865, Patrick Bryant, Samuel House, Chauncy Witherell.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all the years of the war was Albert Nichols.

1861. No action appears to have been taken by the town in its corporate capacity during this year in relation to the war.

1862. At a special town-meeting held on the 5th of August, it was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who would enlist either for three years or nine months, when mustered in and credited to the quota of the town. The selectmen were authorized to borrow money to pay the same.

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