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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 6., The Lawrence Light Guard.—Continued. (search)
n, the uniform of the company consisted of dark-blue coat with light-blue trimmings, black helmet with spike and eagle on point, light-blue trousers, and woven cartridge belt with brass plate. The men were armed with the latest pattern of Springfield rifles—voted of no particular value a year later. The Army and Navy journal says, Massachusetts was represented by three of the finest looking companies in the parade—Co. E, 5th Regiment, Co. C, 6th Regiment, and the Ambulance Corps. December 9, 1897, Capt. James C. D. Clark was elected captain. The company was in good condition, many of its members being former officers of the High School Cadets. In less than two months after Capt. Clark's commission, a war cloud overhung the sky, and orders were given for each man to provide himself with clothing and equipments ready for instant duty, should war be declared. For the third time in the history of the United States, the nineteenth of April brought a call to arms. Again the