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[55] men who will enlist for three years to complete the quota of the town.

1863. November 24th, A committee to recruit volunteers to fill the quota of the town under the pending call of the President was elected, and twenty-five hundred dollars were appropriated to pay the expenses.

1864. April 16th, The bounty to volunteers for three years service was fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and the treasurer was authorized to borrow money to pay the same. Several other meetings were held, at which money was raised for war purposes, and measures adopted to fill the contingent of the town.

Wellfleet furnished two hundred and twenty-one men for the war, which was a surplus of twenty-five over and above all demands. None were commissioned officers in the military service. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid to soldiers' families, was eighteen thousand three hundred and twenty-four dollars and sixty-seven cents ($18,324.67). Mr. Swett, the town-clerk, wrote to us, ‘that there was contributed from public and private sources about twenty thousand dollars for the prosecution of the war. Many of the older citizens procured substitutes to represent them in the field.’

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for State aid to the families of soldiers, and reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $27.28; in 1862, $271.25; in 1863, $161.00; in 1864, $297.20; in 1865, $382.00. Total in four years, $1,138.73.

The ladies of Wellfleet established a Soldiers' Aid Society early in the war, to work for the sick and wounded in hospitals. At the end of the war they had an unexpended balance in their treasury, which was given in aid of erecting ‘a beautiful marble monument to the men of Wellfleet who had died in defence of their country in the military and naval service.’


Incorporated Sept. 3, 1639. Population in 1860, 2,752; in 1865, 2,465. Valuation in 1860, $1,162,120; in 1865, $1,440,641.

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