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[191] and reviews which belonged to a brigade. This was any thing but agreeable to the reviewing officers and to the soldiers of the regular brigades. Few only of these companies remain in commission. The Boston and Salem Cadets are yet flourishing. In 1840, the question of the companies, organized under the law of 1785, taking the right of brigades, came up again, and was decided against the divisionary corps; and they are now “subject to the rules and regulations that are already provided for the general government of the militia.”

Major-General Brooks certified to the Governor, in 1786, that he thought it expedient that a divisionary corps should be raised in his division; and, as the Medford Light Infantry had united in petitioning for organization, the petition was granted, and the organization took place Nov. 29, 1786. The choice of officers on that day resulted as follows:--

Ephraim HallCaptain.
Francis HallCaptain's Lieutenant.
Samuel BuelLieutenant.

The office of Ensign was not deemed indispensable; and none was chosen till May 3, 1791, when J. Bucknam was elected. The names of the commanders of this long-respected and efficient company are as follows:--

Ephraim Hall (promoted to an aide-de-camp in 1790)1786 to 1790.
Name unknown1790-1798.
Andrew Hall1798-1803.
Ebenezer Hall, jun1803-1806.
Nehemiah Wyman, of Charlestown1806-1808.
Caleb Blanchard1808-1809.
John Cutter1809-1811.
Ephraim Bailey1811-1814.
J. P. Clisby1814-1815.
Thomas Shed1815-1818.
Gersham Cutter1818-1821.
John P. Bigelow1821-1823.
Martin Burrage1823-1824.
Edmund Symnes1824-1827.

On the 11th of January, 1828, it resigned its commission, and has never been revived. For the first twenty-five years of its existence, this company stood among the first for celerity and grace of drill-exercise and martial manoeuvre. It felt that it had a sort of brigade character to sustain; and the

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