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1863. At a meeting held on the 17th of January, Samuel House, one of the selectmen, was appointed to visit Boston and obtain information in regard to the number of men the town was to furnish to complete its quota.

1864. On the 2d of April the town voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist and be credited to the town; also to raise eight hundred and seventy-five dollars to repay citizens money which they had advanced for recruiting purposes. This bounty was continued to be paid until the end of the war.

1865. At a meeting held on the 22d of May, it was voted to raise by taxation six thousand seven hundred and sixty-nine dollars to pay citizens money which they had advanced for recruiting purposes, ‘one half to be assessed this year, and the balance next year.’

Chesterfield furnished ninety-five men for the war, which was a surplus of ten over and above all demands. Two were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was fourteen thousand six hundred and sixty-two dollars ($14,662.00).

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, $36.30; in 1862, $644.30; in 1863, $1,689.21; in 1864, $1,477.70; in 1865, $1,165.50. Total amount, $5,013.01.

The ladies of Chesterfield contributed three hundred and seventy-five dollars in money, besides clothing and valuable work for the soldiers.


Incorporated June 23, 1779. Population in 1860, 1,085; in 1865, 980. Valuation in 1860, $354,219; in 1865, $342,842.

The selectmen in 1861 were Nathan Orcutt, William H. Mitchell, Charles Harlow; in 1862, Nathan Orcutt, John C. Reed, Charles Harlow; in 1863 and 1864, N. F. Orcutt, Charles Harlow, John C. Reed; in 1865, L. J. Orcutt, L. E. Dawes, C. M. Tillson.

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