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‘ [699] and persuasiveness.’ September 13th, Voted, to pay a bounty to each volunteer for nine months service.

1863. March—, Voted, not to collect poll taxes assessed upon volunteers, and to refund the same to those by whom it has been paid. The payment of State aid to soldiers' families was continued.

1864. Meetings of citizens were held in April, May, and June to raise money by subscription to encourage recruiting and pay bounties, which was subsequently refunded by vote of the town. July 30th, The bounty to three-years volunteers was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and seven thousand dollars were appropriated to pay the same.

Meetings were held frequently by the citizens during the year to devise means to raise money to encourage recruiting and to fill the quota of the town. Money was also voted by the town for the same purposes.

Winchendon furnished about two hundred and ninety-four men for the war, and had a surplus of sixteen over and above all demands. Six were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-two thousand and forty-three dollars and fifty-six cents ($22,043.56). In addition to this, $1,000 were contributed privately by citizens to pay bounties.

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, $875.81; in .1862, $4,190.01; in 1863, $6,446.50; in 1864, $4,200.00; in 1865, $1,739.94. Total amount, $17,452.26.

The ladies of Winchendon performed good service for the soldiers during the whole of the war. The amount of money collected by them in aid of the sick and wounded, and the Sanitary and Christian Commissions, amounted to $2,276.65.


Incorporated as a town Oct. 15, 1684. Population in 1860, 24,960; in 1865, 30,058. Valuation in 1860, $17,626,453; in 1865, $19,701,244.

The city officers in 1861 were: Isaac Davis, mayor;

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