rd held the front rank for drill and discipline.
It was known as the crack company of the 5th Regiment.
The company attended the ceremonies of unveiling the Washington Monument at Washington, D. C., February 22, 1885.
It was the only militia company from Massachusetts in the city.
It received commendation from the President and Gen. Sheridan, also from Gov. Robinson of Massachusetts, who expressed his pride at the way it represented the State.
The first indoor prize drill occurred in 1885.
The company gave a gold medal, the veterans two silver ones.
The organization supported a drum and fife corps at this time.
After another period of depression Capt. T. C. Henderson took command in 1889.
He worked hard to bring the company back to its former rank, and was rewarded by a letter of commendation from Col. Bancroft.
March 30, 1890, the first prize drill for the Lawrence medals was held.
During the next year the company was much changed, many being discharged for non