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[54] exclusive of State aid to soldiers' families, was four thousand seven hundred and eighty-six dollars and ten cents ($4,786.10). In addition to this sum, four thousand dollars were contributed by private citizens of their own means to pay bounties and encourage recruiting.

The amount of money raised for the payment of aid to soldiers' families, and afterwards refunded by the State, was as follows: In 1861, $6.00; in 1862, $383.46; in 1863, $877.96; in 1864, $802.80; in 1865, $258.58. Total amount in four years, $2,328.81.


Incorporated June 16, 1763. Population in 1860, 2,322; in 1865, 2,298. Valuation in 1860, $617,596; in 1865, $700,165.

The selectmen from February, 1861, to February, 1864, were Edward Hopkins, Robert G. Paine, Jeremiah Hawes. In 1864, Mr. Hawes retired from office; and Jonathan Chipman was elected in his place, who with the others remained in office until February, 1865.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all the years of the war was Noah Swett.

1861. Several members of the Third Regiment Massachusetts Militia, which left the State April 17th and arrived at Fortress Monroe, Va., on the 20th, belonged to Wellfleet. On The—of May, a meeting was held, at which a vigilance committee was appointed; and a vote was passed to request the Governor to furnish arms for a military company then being organized in the town.1 June 3d, The town appropriated seven hundred dollars, subject to the order of the Governor, ‘to sustain the credit of the State,’ and three hundred dollars ‘for the benefit of Wellfleet soldiers then at the front.’

1862. July, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer for three years service, when mustered in and credited to the quota of the town, and aid not to exceed twelve dollars a month to each of their families. August 14th, Voted, to pay a bounty of two hundred dollars to each of seven

1 At this time a large proportion of the young men belonging to Wellfleet were engaged in sea service.

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