company took possession of the quarters which, with the exception of a few years when the Lawrence Rifles
occupied them, were to be its home until the time of the Spanish War
. To celebrate the event, and also the first anniversary of the departure for the front, a dedication levee was held.
The affair was a great success, and the pleasure of the Light Guard was enhanced by the unexpected presence of a party of Washington
friends, who, at their own request, were made fine members of the company (men and women, too). In the months that followed, when many of the men were in the government hospital, these fine members did much to win them back to health.
In July, 1862, Captain Hutchins
was appointed major and resigned the command of the Light Guard, being succeeded by Lieut. Perry Coleman
This arrangement lasted for a very short time, for before the month ended, a letter from the selectmen, desiring the company's services, as part of the quota demanded from Medford
, had been received and accepted.
The whole command became a committee to secure new members.
The first new man to enlist was James A. Hervey
. Major Hutchins
was made recruiting officer.
By August 15, eighty-five members were enrolled.
Street drills were held and ‘High Private
’ Samuel C. Lawrence
took personal charge of the awkward squad.
Dr. C. V. Bemis
was surgical examiner, and donated all his fees to the company treasury.
The roll of the company was carefully corrected.
Some were under age; others had already enlisted.
When the time for departure came, there were ten members left.
The next month seven of these enlisted for nine months in the 5th Massachusetts, leaving three, one a paroled prisoner, as a home guard.
Light Guard stipulated that the members should elect their own officers.
The selectmen granted their request and they chose Capt. John Hutchins
, 1st Lieut. Perry Colman
, 2d Lieut. I. F. R. Hosea
, all veterans of the first campaign.
The day fixed for