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Fourth Regiment
Massachusetts Volunteer Militia

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Three Months

The 4th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia "Minute Men," was summoned to Boston by Special Order Number 14, issued on the afternoon of April 15, 1861, from the office of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts. Company F of Foxboro had offered its services, if they should be needed "at any point of our country," as early as January 10, 1861. The 4th had the honor of being the first regiment to leave the State, entraining for Fall River en route for Fort Monroe on the afternoon of April 17. For a month it formed a part of the garrison of Fort Monroe. On may 27, it was sent to Newport News, where it was employed most of the time until its return to Massachusetts in fortifying Camp Butler. On June 10, Company H and four other companies took part in the battle of Big Bethel. Transferred to the village of Hampton July 3, on the 11th it marched to Fort Monre, where on the 15th it embarked for Boston. Arriving in Boston Harbor, it was mustered out at Long Island on July 22, exactly three months from the day of its muster into the service.

Three companies, K, L and the Wightman Rifles, which had enlisted for three years and had joined the regiment in May were retained in the service and became Companies A, C and K of the 29th Regiment, which was then being organized.

Company H - The Hancock Light Guard

Hancock Light Guard

Francis Lincoln Souther is in the front row, 5th man from the right

Men of the Hancock Light Guard in alphabetical order:

Henry F. Baker
William H. Baxter
L. S. Ben
J. W. Braynard
Caleb Brocket
P. Chubbuck, Jr.
Lemuel A. Colburn
Ch. H. Crickney
James Cunningham
Franklin Curtis
Joseph Enderly
Alonzo Furnald
Charles E. Gannett
Geroge W. Gibson
George L. Hayden
Charles N. Hunt
Freeman Joseph
John H. Lampson
John Larkin
B. F. Meservey
Robert Monk
A. A. Nightingale
Samuel A. Nightingale
C. F. Pray
W. W. Reynolds
Charles Riley
William G. Sheen
Francis Lincoln Souther
Christopher A. Spear
E. A. Spear
W. Q. Spear
John B. Turner
William S. Wilbur
John Williams

Richard Dennis Souther
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Richard Dennis Souther
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