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[442] power to recruit men, and to pay such bouuties as they might deem necessary in order to fill the quota of the town; and this was continued until the end of the war.

Pepperell furnished one hundred and eighty-six men for the war, which was a surplus of thirteen over and above all demands. Five were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was sixteen thousand two hundred and eighty-two dollars and seventy-five cents ($16,282.75).

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, $353.54; in 1862, $2,429.42; in 1863, $2,943.15; in 1864, $2,700.00; in 1865, $1,450.00. Total amount, $9,876.11.

The ladies of Pepperell were constant in their endeavors to do good for the soldiers at the front, and forwarded during the war to the Sanitary and Christian Commissions articles valued at thirty-two hundred and fifty dollars. The Rev. Charles Babbidge went out with the Sixth Regiment of three-months men in April 1861, as chaplain, and with the Twenty-Sixth three-years regiment. With the exception of two months he was on duty from the beginning to the end of the war. Rev. Edward P. Smith, of Pepperell, was a valued and active member of the Christian Commission.


Incorporated May 29, 1644. Population in 1860, 2,662; in 1865, 2,436. Valuation in 1860, $1,269,570; in 1865, $1,293,056.

The selectmen in 1861 were James S. Campbell, J. Brooks Leathe, Milo Parker; in 1862, James S. Campbell, J. Brooks Leathe, Solon A. Parker; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, James S. Campbell, Joseph L. Pratt, Solon A. Parker.

The town-clerk in 1861, and part of 1862, was Jonathan Baldwin; in part of 1862 and in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Wiliam J. Wightman. The town-treasurer during all the years of the war was George Batchelder.

1861. Under the first call of the President, April 15, for seventy-five thousand men, twenty-one men of Reading enlisted,

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