A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 129
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THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 129
F, Louisville Legion and Belknap Rifles of San
Antonio. That drill of the Light Guard was the
most perfect ever witnessed in the United States
and excited widespread wonder and admiration
among military men and the general public.
The Light Guard went to Austin in 1888 and
took first prize, $5,000, in competition with some of
the crack companies of the United States. The
next year Galveston had another great interstate
drill and in order to not bluff off other companies
the Galveston people barred the Houston Light
Guard, thus paying them the highest compliment
they ever received. They gave the Light Guard
a special prize of $500 for an exhibition drill.
The Houston Light Guard showed that they
were not merely fancy soldiers when the war with
Spain began. They volunteered promptly and under
command of Captain George McCormick, went
to the front. They saw service in Florida and Cuba.
When peace negotiations began, Captain McCormick
returned home and R. A. Scurry became captain
of the company, returning home with it soon
after. The Light Guard owns its armory, the handsomest
in the State. It was paid for partly with
money won as prizes and partly by issuing bonds.
The property, being in the business section of the
city, has become extremely valuable and could be
disposed of today at many times its cost to the company.
The following are the captains who have commanded
the Houston Light Guard from its organi-
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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/m1/145/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .