ufacturing products of the county in 1870 was $83,102,442. The surface of the county is uneven, and the soil barren.
It presents a great variety for the admiration of the patriot, scholar, farmer, mechanic, and painter.
The population of Middlesex County in 1860 was 216,352; in 1865 it was 220,618, being an increase in five years of 4,266.
The population in 1870 was 274,353, being an increase in five years of 53,735.
The valuation of the county in 1860 was $135,458,009; in 1865 it was $155,324,723, being an increase in five years of $19,866,714.
The number of men which Middlesex County furnished for the war, according to returns made by the selectmen of the towns and mayors of the cities in 1866—with the exception of Concord and West Cambridge, which do not appear to have made a return—was 28,646.
West Cambridge and Concord furnished 524 men, which would make the aggregate, as reported, 29,170, which we believe to be at least three thousand more than was furnished; and there
undred and sixty-one thousand six hundred and eighty-six dollars and three cents ($3,961,686.03).
The following are the war records of the cities and towns:—
Incorporated July 3, 1735.
Population in 1860, 1,726; in 1865, 1,660.
Valuation in 1860, $821,401; in 1865, $854,719.
The selectmen in 1861 and during the egiment, which passed through Baltimore on the 19th of April, 1861. now in the service of the United States, at which it was resolved, first, that the citizens of Acton, one and all, whatever may have been their former political opinions, will unite and rally around the Constitution and flag of our Union, and be ready to imitate twho fought and fell in defence of our liberties; fourth, that the town appropriate five thousand dollars for the benefit of the families of soldiers in the town of Acton, who are, or may hereafter be, engaged in the service of the United States.
A committee was appointed to superintend the expenditure of the money; also, to purcha
s: In 1861, $22.00; in 1862, $234.00; in 1863, $599.08; in 1864, $641.44; in 1865, $400.00. Total amount, $1,896.52.
Incorporated May 29, 1655.
Population in 1860, 1,776; in 1865, 1,808.
Valuation in 1860, $1,042,071; in 1865, $1,0uch articles of clothing and equipment, not furnished by the State, for the comfort and convenience of such citizens of Billerica as may volunteer in the military service of the United States, and that they look after and provide for the families oee appointed for that purpose reported the following resolutions, which were adopted:—
Resolved, That the people of Billerica will respond to whatever call is made upon them, either for men or money, to the full extent of their resources.
Res town for such sums of money as they might require for the purpose.
The treasurer was directed to borrow the money.
Billerica furnished one hundred and seventy-three men for the war, which was a surplus of four over and above all demands.