previous next


The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Mark Haskell. The town-treasurer in 1861 and 1862 was Washington Stone; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, James C. Bemis.

This town paid bounties to volunteers and State aid to their families, as other towns in that part of the Commonwealth did, from the beginning to the end of the Rebellion. We have not been favored with an abstract of the town-records as in other cases, and therefore cannot give the votes passed at the town-meetings in regard to the war.

Oakham furnished one hundred and two men for the war, which was a surplus of twelve over and above all demands. Three were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was ten thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven dollars and fifty-eight cents ($10,867.58).

The amount of money expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $155.62; in 1862, $996.09; in 1863, $1,838.94; in 1864, $2,018.00; in 1865, $1,425.45. Total amount, $6,434.10.

‘The ladies of Oakham were not behind their sisters in neighboring towns in their labors for the soldiers, although exactly what was done by them I have not the means of stating.’


Incorporated—— —, 1713. Population in 1860, 3,034; in 1865, 2,713. Valuation in 1860, $1,156,411; in 1865, $1,137,476.

The selectmen in 1861, 1862, and 1863 were L. B. Corbin, Emory E. Harwood, T. W. Wilmarth; in 1864, L. B. Corbin, Emory E. Harwood, Ira Merriam; in 1865, L. B. Corbin, Archibald Campbell, W. E. Pease.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was W. E. Pease; and the town-treasurer during the same period was Emory Sanford.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held May 6th, when it was voted to raise four thousand dollars ‘to defray the expenses of organizing a military company; and Alexander DeWitt, Emory Sanford, ’

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Oakham (Massachusetts, United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1865 AD (5)
1861 AD (4)
1864 AD (3)
1863 AD (3)
1862 AD (3)
1860 AD (2)
1713 AD (1)
May 6th (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: