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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 6., The Lawrence Light Guard.—Continued. (search)
tructed nearer the camp. The splendid physical condition of the command before it left Massachusetts was in its favor. Whatever the criticisms of the hospitals at Camp Meade may have been, few members of E Co. had any experience there, for the Doctor Captain watched his men so closely that minor ills were cured before they developed into anything serious. All through the campaign he kept his promise made to the townspeople, I will look after the health of your boys. In October, 1st Lieut. Neilson was promoted to take command of Co. K, of Braintree; 2d Lieut. Whitney was promoted to his place. As section after section of those camped at Middletown left for the South, the 5th began to be disheartened; but on November 16 they were ordered to march, and took the cars to Greenville, S. C., one step nearer Cuba. Orders to go forward and a visit from the paymaster made November 14 a gala day. The troops were reviewed at Greenville by the mayor, and marched through the town with t