time of the company's history, but a few references to the latter's functions are found in the first volume of the Mercury
. In those former papers were accounts of things then transpiring of interest to Medford
people of today.
In 1876 Edwin C. Burbank
was in command, in 1878 George T. Sampson
, and in 1880 Julian D'Este.
On September 17, 1880, the battery appeared in the third division of the great procession at Boston
's two hundred and fiftieth anniversary.
We have been told that on that, or some similar occasion, its remarkably fine appearance was noted by someone on the reviewing stand, or by the State
authorities, who are said to have ordered its dissolution.
Certain it is that in September of the next year the battery fired minute guns on Medford
common on the occasion of President Garfield
's funeral, and this was possibly
their last appearance in public as an organization.
On June 21, 1882, the selectmen received a communication from the company relative to its disbandment, and of the property in its possession including cartridges for a salute.
The selectmen voted that a salute be fired on July 4, using half the cartridges in the morning and the rest at night, the ex-members
of the battery to do the firing.
Next, the clerk of the battery was directed to turn over the keys of the building to the clerk of selectmen after the salute.
In the printed report of the selectmen for 1882 the battery is said to have been dissolved by order of the Adjutant-general
of the Commonwealth
It was currently reported in Medford
at that time that such was the case, as the association was not of the militia, and consequently an illegal organization not entitled to bear arms; that Medford
selectmen were liable to, or threatened with, prosecution, etc.
of any such order appears on the books of the selectmen, nor yet can be found in the Adjutantgeneral
The financial reports of the town show various expenditures for artillery supplies, collations, saddle, powder, silk and flannel—covering a period of eight years.