Almost immediately after this muster, the company was reorganized; forty men were dropped from the rolls and new men enlisted to fill their places.
Capt. George L. Goodale, now of the United States Army, took command.
The reorganization and thirty-first anniversary of the Light Guard was celebrated February 13, 1882, by a banquet.
At the next muster the general commanding told Capt. Goodale he had no criticism to make.
In 1883, Capt. Goodale resigned, and for a few months Harry J. Newhall commanded, but was succeeded by Joseph E. Clark, formerly lieutenant in Co. H, of Charlestown.
Under Capt. Goodale, and during the first term of Capt. Clark, the Light Guard 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