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d he was naturally placed next to the highest in command. He had been a member both of the police force and the fire department of Cambridge, Manuscript letter from General Chamberlain, April 22, 1895. and had much influence and authority among his fellow-recruits. Of the whole number of members in this pioneer company (ninety-seven) all but two re-enlisted at the end of the three months service, twenty-seven received commissions in other regiments and twenty-one died in the service. Paige's History of Cambridge, p. 433, note. These facts have been given thus at length, because this process of company formation represented that which was soon going on all over the State, in some cases for three months service, in others for three years. Even the regularly summoned militia companies had often more new recruits than old members; but this company of Captain Richardson's appears to have been the only essentially new company among the Massachusetts three months troops. The cir