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1864. July 22d, The selectmen and treasurer were authorized to borrow money to refund to each man who has paid commutation or has furnished a substitute, or who may pay it under the last two calls of the president for men, one hundred and twenty-five dollars; also, to borrow fifteen hundred dollars ‘to aid, when needed, to procure volunteers to fill the quota of the town under any future call of the President, by paying a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars, the same amount to be paid to each person who pays commutation or provides a substitute.’

1865. May 9th, Voted to pay three hundred dollars to each drafted man who in 1864 paid commutation money, or furnished a substitute; also, to assess ‘this year twelve hundred dollars,’ and the remainder in the two succeeding years, to pay money borrowed on account of the war. The treasurer was authorized to borrow money in advance of the assessment and payment of the tax.

Westhampton furnished sixty-eight men for the war, which was a surplus of four over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for expenses on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was nine thousand four hundred and fifty-four dollars and fifty cents ($9,454.50).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $81.60; in 1862, $561.53; in 1863, $912.93; in 1864, $514.75; in 1865, $270.92. Total amount, $2,341.99.


Incorporated April 24, 1771. Population in 1860, 2,095; in 1865, 1,972. Valuation in 1860, $906,206; in 1865, $1,085,693.

The selectmen in 1861 were William A. Nash, William E. Thayer, Nathan C. Wrisley; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, Nathan C. Wrisley, Elnathan Graves, Thomas Nash.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during these years was Thomas M. Carter.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon matters

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