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Rehoboth was reported by the selectmen in 1866 to have furnished one hundred and sixty men for the war, which was probably twenty-five less than the actual number furnished, as at the end of the war the town had a surplus of eighteen over and above all demands made upon it. Two were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-one thousand and thirty-two dollars and ninety-six cents ($31,032.96).

The amount raised and expended by the town during the four years of war for State aid to soldiers' families, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $54.10; in 1862, $916.86; in 1863, $2,062.56; in 1864, $1,688.10; in 1865, $1,550.00. Total amount in four years, $6,271.62.

The ladies of Rehoboth contributed liberally to the wants of the soldiers. Several barrels containing clothing and other useful articles were sent to Lieutenant Cyrus W. Wheaton, Jr., Company B, Eighteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, while at the front, and to the Sanitary Commission. There were two organizations in the town: one was called ‘The Home Circle,’ and the other ‘The Congregational Church Home Circle.’


Incorporated Feb. 26, 1812. Population in 1860, 2,662; in 1865, 929.1 Valuation in 1860, $1,365,550; in 1865, $498,844.

The selectmen in 1861 were Francis Armington, Samuel Chaffee, Allen J. Brown; in 1862, Viall Medbury, Jonathan Chaffee, George H. Carpenter; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Zebinia W. Brown, Samuel Chaffee, Willard C. Ormsbee.

The town-clerk in 1861 was Henry H. Ide; in 1862, Jonathan Chaffee; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, W. C. Ormsbee.

1 It is proper to state that between these dates a large part of Seekonk was set off to the State of Rhode Island, and the fact that Seekonk, Rehoboth, and one or two other towns bordering on the rich and populous city and county of Providence, R. I., rendered the payment by them of very large bounties a necessity which comparatively few of our other towns felt.

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