A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 124
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124 A THUMB-NAIL HISTOY OF
began regular drills and soon had the company in
such form as to make a creditable showing as soldiers.
The boys purchased uniforms, which were
Confederate gray, and appeared in them for the
first time in the great carnival of King Comus in
Four months later when the May Volksfest was
held the Light Guard entered their first competitive
drill, meeting four companies from outside
points. The entering was all they did for they got
no prize, but did get experience.
The next year under Captain Joe Rice they won
their first prize at the Austin drill, it being a sword
valued at $00.
About that time there seems to have been a general
revival of the martial spirit throughout the
country and each city strove to secure a crack military
company. All over the South and in many
of the Northern and Western cities military companies
were formed. While there was lots of pleasure
and sport in indulging in this fad it was very
expensive, since the heavy expense fell on the individual
members. Each company paid its own
traveling expenses, for its uniforms and for every
thing except its guns which were furnished by the
State government. Interstate drills became all the
rage and in 1881 the Houston Light Guard entered
its first one at New Orleans where it competed
against some of the crack companies of the South.
The Light Guard took fourth prize, $500.
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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/m1/139/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .