From the History of Westborough, Massachusetts, By H.P. DeForest & E. C. Bates:
April 25, 1861
Westborough Town Meeting
At the town meeting held April 25, T.A. Smith, C.P. Winslow, J.F.B. Marshall, Benjamin Boynton, and John Bowes were chosen a committee to consider the matter of raising a company, and to report the necessary expense. They reported the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted: -
|Old Westboro Town Hall, 1903. (The soldiers' monument|
on the right was built after the war.)
"Resolved, - That a committee of five be chosen, whose duty it shall be to attend to the expenditure and disbursement of all moneys hereby appropriated ; and no bills shall be contracted for or paid without the approbation and approval of said committee."
No petty bickering marred the unanimity with which the people of Westborough responded to the call of the President. After the unanimous adoption of the above resolutions, it was immediately voted that "the treasurer be authorized to borrow $5,000, the selectmen issuing town script therefore, to fall due $1,000 per annum after the present issues ;" and further, that the selectmen, - G.C. Sanborn, B.B. Nourse, and S.B. Howe, - with J.F.B. Marshall and Patrick Casey, be the committee called for in the second resolution.
The Military Committee, as it was called, having organized by choosing B.B. Nourse chairman and J.F.B. Marhall secretary, immediately set about its tasks.
From Three Years in the Army, by Charles E. Davis, Jr.; Estes & Lauriat, 1894.
Lt. Joseph Colburn (pictured) would prove a brave and capable officer.