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1862. Sometime during this year the town voted to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist in the military service and be credited to the quota of Wendell.

1863. No action appears to have been taken by the town, in its corporate capacity, in regard to the war during this year, although recruiting went on and the payment of State aid continued.

1864. On the 11th of March the town voted ‘to raise seven hundred and fifty dollars to procure volunteers;’ and on the 20th of June voted, ‘to pay volunteers for three years service, who shall enlist and be credited to the quota of the town, a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars.’ This was continued until the end of the war.

Wendell furnished sixty-two men for the war, which was a surplus of three over and above all demands. One was a commissioned officer. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was four thousand two hundred and forty-seven dollars and six cents ($4,247.06).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for State aid to the soldiers' families during the years of the war, and which was afterwards reimbursed by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $185.43; in 1862, $462.00; in 1863, $336.52; in 1864, $796.00; in 1865, $650.00. Total amount, $2,429.95.

‘The ladies of Wendell held weekly meetings during a part of the war, and worked for the soldiers.’


Incorporated April 24, 1771. Population in 1860, 1,057; in 1865, 1,012. Valuation in 1860, $624,902; in 1865, $665,972.

The selectmen in 1861 were Samuel B. White, Hiram Smith, Rufus Graves; in 1862, 1863, and 1864, Samuel B. White, Edwin Bardwell, Alonzo Crafts; in 1865, Samuel B. White, Edwin Bardwell, Elihu Belden.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Samuel Lesure. The town-treasurer in 1861 was James M. Crafts; in 1862, Stotham E. Allis; in 1863 and 1864, Ellis C. Allis; in 1865, Horace B. Fox.

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