COMPANY

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COMPANY, in military language; a small body of foot or artillery, the number of which varies, but, in the English army, is generally from 50 to 120, commanded by a captain, a lieutenant and an ensign, and, sometimes, by a first and second lieutenant, as in the artillery and flank companies of the line. In the Austrian and Prussian armies, companies are stronger. In France, the strength of a company has varied very much. In former times, a company consisted of from 25, 30, 40, up to 200 men; in 1793, of 80 men: in 1808, thev had 137 men; in 1814, 72 men ; in 1823, 80 men. In 1820, a French battalion was composed of 8 companies, and a regiment of 3 battalions.