The affair was a great success, and the pleasure of the Light Guard was enhanced by the unexpected presence of a party of Washington friends, who, at their own request, were made fine members of the company (men and women, too). In the months that followed, when many of the men were in the government hospital, these fine members did much to win them back to health.
In July, 1862, Captain Hutchins was appointed major and resigned the command of the Light Guard, being succeeded by Lieut. Perry Coleman.
This arrangement lasted for a very short time, for before the month ended, a letter from the selectmen, desiring the company's services, as part of the quota demanded from Medford, had been received and accepted.
The whole command became a committee to secure new members.
The first new man to enlist was James A. Hervey. Major Hutchins was made recruiting officer.
By August 15, eighty-five members were enrolled.
Street drills were held and High Private Samuel C. Lawrence took per