A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 123
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THE CIrr OF HOUSTON, TExAS 123
marched up Main street with them thus displayed.
Afterwards when the accomplishments of this company
in the army of Northern Virginia began to
be known and bragged about, Mr. House was very
proud of the "Kid glove gentry," and told frequently
of how he had fitted them out for war with
Having had four years of actual warfare there
was not much martial spirit left in the young men
who returned home after the surrender, consequently
there was no talk of organizing a company of play
soldiers and the average returned veteran would
shy at the sight of a sword or musket. However,
there was a new crop of young men coming to the
front and in 1878 some of these got together and
organized the Houston Light Guard, a military
company destined to shed as much honor and fame
on Houston during peace times as the others had
done during war. The Houston Light Guard was
organized April 21, 1878. Captain Fairfax Gray,
a member of the United States Navy before the
war and a distinguished officer in the Confederate
army, was the first Captain of the company. For
some reason the members soon lost interest and the
organization practically ceased to exist. There were
no meetings held from the first one until late in the
fall of the same year, when some of the most zealous
of the young men got together and determined
to reorganize the company. This they did, electing
J. R. Coffin captain. From that meeting dates
the success of the Light Guard. Captain Coffin
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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/m1/138/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .