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1864. A legal town-meeting was held on the 9th of April, at which seventy-eight hundred dollars were appropriated ‘to fill the quotas of the town’ under the calls of the President for men, Oct. 17, 1863, and Feb. 1, 1864.

Mr. Colly, the town-clerk, writes:—

‘I have sent you all the votes of importance relating to the war. Many other votes were passed, and much excitement existed during these years of trial; but they were so similar to the within, that to repeat them would be useless.’

Sandwich must have furnished for the army and navy about four hundred men, although the return made by the selectmen in 1866 gives the number of two hundred and ninety-two. At the end of the war, after having filled its quota upon every call of the President for volunteers, Sandwich had a surplus of two, over and above all demands. Twelve were commissioned officers in the military service, the most distinguished of whom was Charles Chipman, Major of the Twenty-ninth Massachusetts regiment, who was mortally wounded Aug. 7, 1864, and died the next day. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-three thousand and eighty-one dollars and ninety-nine cents ($33,081.99).

The amount raised and expended by the town during the four years of the war, for aid to the families of volunteers, and afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,852.71; in 1862, $5,018.31; in 1863, $5,742.63; in 1864, $4,874.91; in 1865, $2,450.00. Total amount in four years, $19,938.56.

The ladies of Sandwich ‘were actively engaged in their part of the work, but am unable to give you details of the matter.’


Incorporated July 16, 1709. Population in 1860, 1,583; in 1865, 1,448. Valuation in 1860, $381,429; in 1865, $361,717.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Solomon Davis, William T. Newcomb, Asa Sellew; in 1863, Abraham C. Small, Solomon Davis, Amasa Paine; in 1864, John Kenny, James

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