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1865

In town meeting April 3, 1865, it was voted that the superintendent of the Town Hall cause the same to be illuminated this evening, in honor of the glorious news of the capture of Richmond.

In this year a superintendent of public schools was appointed. Dr. R. L. Hodgdon first held the office.

From July 18, 1864, to March 1, 1865, fifty-three men were called for the war, but the town exceeded the call and furnished sixty-four. Cost to town, $10,976.10, with $7,824 additional subscribed by citizens. In this number, eleven substitutes were included, furnished at a cost of $4,500. The following summary shows the amount contributed by the town during the war:—

Amount paid by the town for bounties$26,386.00
Amount paid by the town for citizens' collections25,156.10
Amount paid by the town for citizens individually7,500.00
Amount paid by the town for State Aid12,016.63
collected by the Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society 4,314.261
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$75,372.99


1866

The town voted to accept the lot of land donated by the late Hon. James Russell for a public walk or common, on the conditions named by the donor in his will devising the same. It was named Russell Park in 1867.

1 The women of West Cambridge early in the war formed an association for the preparation and transmission of articles needful to wounded and disabled soldiers. The sum above-mentioned was collected by them from a variety of sources, and was used to purchase material to be converted by their forethought and industry into the means of relief and comfort to those who were suffering in the field. Three gentlemen contributed the sum of $670 in aid of recruiting; and the two physicians of the town, Drs. Hodgdon and Harris, tendered their professional aid to soldiers' families gratis, during their term of service.

Among those who lost their lives in connection with the war, was the Rev. Samuel Abbot Smith. He was born April 18, 1829, grad. H. U. 1849, prepared for the ministry at Cambridge Divinity School, and settled over the Unitarian Society in Arlington June 27, 1864, where he remained till his death. He died of a malarious fever contracted at Norfolk, Va., where he had gone on missionary service to the army. He returned with the fever upon him, and died May 20, 1866, aged 36 years. His death was greatly regretted.

A volume entitled Christian Lessons and a Christian Life, containing an extended biography and numerous extracts from his writings, was published by Prof. E. J. Young. See portrait and sketch in the History of Peterborough, N. H.

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