A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 121
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THE CITY oF HoustoN, TEXAs 121
came near being something of a general riot because
a lieutenant of one company and a private of the
other went to war on their own account over a disputed
When the war broke out, instead of entering the
Confederate army as organizations, these two companies
disbanded and the individual members joined
new companies that were organized. The great
bulk of the members of the Washington Light
Guards joined the Bayou City Guards which afterwards
earned such glory in the Army of Northern
Virginia under Lee, known officially as Company
A, 5th Texas Regiment, Hood's Brigade. In fact
so many of the old company joined the Bayou
City Guards that it was practically the old company
itself. Other members of both companies
joined a cavalry company raised by the late Major
Ike Stafford for service on the Rio Grande, which
was the very first company to leave for the front
at the breaking out of the war. The Captain of
the Washington Light Guards, Captain Edwards,
raised still another company of infantry, while
Captain Ed Riodan took some of the members of
the Milam Rifles and with them as a nucleus formed
a splendid company of infantry. It is doubtful
if there was a single member of either of the two
original companies who did not volunteer in some
of the companies that left Houston in 1861.
At that time there was a boys' military company
here, something on the order of the High School
Cadets of today. This company was comUnAded
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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/m1/136/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .