Wendell — War of 1812
Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.
Like many of her sister towns, Wendell was opposed to the war of 1812, and sent Joshua Green as a delegate to the Northampton Convention, called in July, 1812, to protest against the war, and to demand a speedy treaty of peace. In March, 1812, it was resolved that powder and balls should be provided for the soldiers when inspected. In 1814 the town sent to the General Court a memorial concerning "the present situation of publick affairs." Wendell sent 15 men for the defense of Boston in 1814, and the names of 11 are here given, as follows: Joseph Needham, Luther Osgood, Martin Hager, Silas Whitcomb, Thomas Walkup, Martin Fisk, William Farr, Willard Thompson, William Putnam, Silas Osgood, and Amos Scranton. Of the 15 the only known survivor is Joseph Needham who is still living, at Wendell Centre, hale and hearty, at the age of eighty-four.