A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 120
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Some Military History-Houston Companies During
the War-Sketch of the "World Beating"
Light Guard-Other Military Companies..
Houston following so close on the heels of the
Texas revolution, it is not surprising to learn that
.there was a strong martial spirit among its citizens
and that they should be willing and eager to embark
in any military movement that had about it
active or prospective active service. Governor
Lubbock mentions in his Memoirs that there were
two military companies in Houston in the very
early days. One of these, to which he belonged,
saw service against the Indians, but there is nothing
to show that the other had active service. These
companies were what would be called State troops
In the early fifties there were two military
companies here, one the Washington Light
Guards which held at that time very much the same
place that the Houston Light Guard holds today.
The other was the Milam Rifles organized after the
Washington Light Guards had been in service for
some time, and organized for the purpose of taking
away from the Washington Light Guards the
honors they had won, which were principally the
smiles and admiration of the ladies. The two companies
were about socially equal and there was intense
rivalry between them, which occasionally led
to personal collisions between the individual members.
On one occasion, during a target contest between
the two companies on San Jacinto Day, there
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/135/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .