A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 126
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126 A THUMB-NAI HiTroY OF
There was a State as well as an Interstate drill held
at the same time. In the Interstate drill were such
companies as the Treadway Rifles of St. Louis; the
Columbus Guards of Columbus, Ga.; the Montgomery
Greys of Montgomery, Ala.; the Washington
Guards of Galveston, Texas, and the Houston
Light Guard. The Houston Light Guard put up
one of the most perfect drills that had ever been witnessed.
They took first prize easily as the following
report of the army officers who were judges, shows:
Omitting figures grading the various parts of the
drill the totals were as follows:
Houston Light Guard, 2.66; Treadway Rifles,
2.55; Columbus Guards, 2.85; Mobile Rifles, 2.29;
Montgomery Greys, 2.28; Washington Guards,
1.95. A perfect drill would have given 8.00, the
To show how perfectly the Light Guard drilled,
the following extract from the report of the judges
"Houston Light Guard-It is observed that the
inspection was nearly perfect The appearance of
the men in their dress, arms and accoutrements and
their neatness, exceeded anything we have seen anywhere-each
man like a color man at the United
States Military Academy at West Point Captain
Scurry had not proceeded far in the programme
when, while wheeling his company from column of
twos, improperly, the company was placed in a position
from which it was almost impossible to extricate
it, except as done, exhibiting great presence of
mind on the captain's part
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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/m1/141/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .