too proud to back out in the face of danger answered ‘yes’ and were enrolled.
Company election was held February 12, 1861, to choose a second lieutenant, and thereafter, until the close of the three months campaign, the officers were: John Hutchins
, captain; John G. Chambers
, 1st lieutenant
; Perry Colman
, 2d lieutenant
, and William H. Pattee
, 3d lieutenant
After this election a collation was given in the upper hall of the town house.
Do you remember it, with its sloping roof and its painful lack of air?
In the words of 1st Sergt. Hosea
, this spread was tendered by the newly elected lieutenant or ‘somebody else.’
From this time until the Light Guard went to the front this mysterious somebody furnished several suppers after drills, and we suspect that to this day he is the good genius of the company.
Private Benjamin Moore
at this time presented a ‘splendid roll board,’ and after ‘three cheers and a lemon’ (I quote from the records) for Private Moore
, the meeting adjourned.
This roll board is still in the possession of the company, although few of the present members know its history.
It is made with spaces for inserting cards bearing the names of the members, which were removed as resignations were accepted.
The militia rolls were not kept with the formality that they are now, and the old rosters are lost because they never existed in permanent form.
In March, 1861, regimental drills were begun, which were held regularly until the beginning of the war, in Fitchburg Hall, Boston
was blessed in those days with only one late train a week, and if drill occurred on any other night, the men were compelled to make special provision for transportation.
One evening the horse cars of the long ago defunct Middlesex Horse R. R. landed them in Medford
On another occasion, carriages which had been ordered failed to appear, and the company went by train on the Lowell Railroad to ‘Medford Steps,’ and marched to the