When the Sudbury Companies of Militia & Minute re-formed in 1964, they brought back many traditions of old. One was a novel idea about officer selection. Across the Atlantic in Colonial times, it was common for men to pay for their commissions, whereby, if you had the money and connections, you could be a colonel. That lead to many idiots leading men into battle. American Provincials had a better idea. They elected their officers from the town populace, thereby knowing the quality of man who would lead them. The Sudbury Companies of Minute and Militia maintain that tradition to this day, annually electing their officers. The officers start as quartermaster and rise through the command structure of adjutant, lt. colonel and finally colonel, performing one year of service at each ranking. At the end of their four year service, they are retired with honor. Each colonel also receives a tankard which is kept at Longfellow's Wayside Inn. In addition, a somewhat unofficial history of the Companies has been kept, adding recollections of each colonel’s year as leader of the Militia to To Kill a Squirrel. Click on a colonel’s name to see his ‘squirrel.’
To the following, honorable men who have served the company well, the enlisted men and the public are eternally grateful.