the Rifles, Warren W. Manning and Fred. W. Dorr, should head the new organization.
Lieut. Jophanus H. Whitney, of the Light Guard, was made 2d lieutenant.
The consolidated company was organized May 5, 1874. Lieut. Dorr resigned the following September, and J. H. Whitney and Charles M. Green were commissioned 1st and 2d lieutenants.
Capt. Manning resigned in 1876, and J. H. Whitney became captain.
Rifle practice was inaugurated during his term of service.
Through a combination of circumss, and as they threw themselves into their seats, there were many set faces among them, for they knew not when they would see Medford again.
To the strains of Auld Lang Syne, the train moved out. The regiment remained at South Framingham until September, and put in hard work at drilling and camp duty.
September 12 found our boys marching through coal dust to Camp Meade, on the banks of the Susquehanna.
The camp was in a beautiful situation on a side hill sloping down to the river.
alike suffered much from the ills resulting from the proximity of the swamps, and for some weeks he was in command of both forts, being the only officer not in the hospitals.
But he too succumbed to that scourge of the swamps, chills and fever, and was obliged to spend a few weeks of this first summer in the hospital.
On his recovery he was ordered to duty at the recruiting office in the city and remained at this post till October 21.
He had been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant September 27.
Toward the end of the year he was at Lakeport, La., and on January 2, 1864, accompanied an expedition to Madisonville, on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain.
Throughout the year his company was engaged in helping hold the territory on both sides of the Mississippi that had been acquired with so much difficulty previous to the fall of Vicksburg.
After the expedition to Madisonville they again returned to New Orleans for guard duty.
During this interval the monotony of garrison li