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Chicopee, according to a return made by the selectmen in 1866, furnished six hundred and eighty men for the war, which we believe to be one hundred less than the number actually furnished, as Chicopee filled its quota on every call made by the President, and at the end of the war had a surplus of forty-eight over and above all demands. Thirty-one were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was fifty-six thousand one hundred and sixty-seven dollars and seventy-eight cents ($56,167.78).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers during the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $1,308.59; in 1862, $8,462.17; in 1863, $12,013.32; in 1864, $10,800.00; in 1865, $8,500.00. Total amount, $41,084.08.

The Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society of Chicopee was organized early in the war, of which Mrs. James T. Ames was president during the whole time. This society sent forward to the army clothing and hospital supplies, the money value of which, without counting the labor expended by the ladies, was more than five thousand dollars. At the close of the war the society had a cash balance on hand of fourteen hundred dollars, which was placed in charge of trustees, for the erection of a soldiers' monument, or memorial hall, whenever the citizens of the town shall be ready for such a work.


Incorporated Jan. 25, 1754. Population in 1860, 1,385; in 1865, 1,363. Valuation in 1860, $411,508; in 1865, $516,277.

The selectmen in 1861 were Edmund Barlow, Dwight M. Wheeler, Edmund Holcomb; in 1862, James W. Spelman, William Wells, Wesley L. Boise; in 1863, James W. Spelman, R. H. Barlow, Daniel H. Drake; in 1864, Dwight M. Wheeler, Frank Robinson, Daniel H. Drake; in 1865, R. H. Barlow, Silas Noble, James W. Spelman.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer in the years 1861, 1863, and 1865, was R. S. Brown; in 1862 and 1864, L. N. Shepard.

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