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he first company of volunteers for the national cause in Massachusetts. The facts in regard to the Cambridge company seem to disprove this statement; but, since that company did not serve three years, it may perhaps be true that General (then captain) Cogswell's company was the first enlisted and serving for that whole period. It appears that this officer was one of twenty privates of the Salem Cadets who volunteered to escort Captain Devereux's company (A of 7th M. V. M.) to Boston on April 18, 1861, this company having been known both as the Salem Light Infantry and the Salem Zouaves; and on his returning to Salem that night he determined to raise a company for himself, and began recruiting on April 20. Manuscript letter of Capt. J. P. Reynolds (Sept. 7, 1895). The company was named the Andrew Light Guard; it went into camp at Camp Webb on Winter Island, Salem harbor, April 22; Quint's 2d Mass. Infantry, p. 12. on May 8 Governor Andrew requested Colonel (afterwards general) G