Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Adjutant General's Department:

An Inventory of Texas Volunteer Guard Records at the Texas State Archives, 1874-1904, undated



Overview

Creator: Texas. Adjutant General's Dept.
Title: Texas Volunteer Guard records
Dates: 1874-1904, undated
Abstract: These records contain general and special orders, and circulars; letters received concerning encampments, jacket covers, and specialized indices to correspondence; constitutions, by-laws, and minutes of a number of individual companies; pamphlets and other printed matter, including newspaper clippings; records regarding the personnel of the Volunteer Guard; records of property (both quartermaster and ordnance); records of payments for services; one company record book; and an index of companies/calendar of riot duties. They comprise the records of the Texas Volunteer Guard, 1874-1904, and undated.
Quantity: 19.34 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The State Guard and Reserve Militia of the Reconstruction era were merged into a simple state militia by the 13th Legislature on March 19, 1873. Although clear enabling legislation cannot be found for the next sixteen years, there is reference to "Volunteer Units" in the Adjutant General's biennial report of 1876; to officers of the "Militia and State Troops" in 1878; to "Texas Volunteer Guards" in 1880; etc.

The Militia Act was approved on April 5, 1889 by the 21st Legislature, Regular Session. This law called for voluntary enlistments for a three-year period, of men in companies which (once approved by the governor) would elect their own officers. To quote Article 3304, "The Texas volunteer guard in time of peace shall consist of one major-general, two brigadier-generals, an adjutant-general's department, an inspector- general's department, a quartermaster's department, a subsistence department, an ordnance department, a medical department, a pay department, a bureau of military justice, and such organizations of artillery, cavalry, and infantry as the commander-in-chief may direct, not to exceed three thousand men rank and file including all departments of the volunteer guard, and which shall be organized into battalions, regiments, brigades, and divisions of suitable size, and changed from time to time as the commander-in-chief may deem for the best interests of the service." A company would be composed of not less than 40 nor more than 100 men. Not more than 10 companies would form a regiment (revised upward to 12 companies on June 5, 1899). Not more than 5 regiments would form a brigade (revised downward to not more than 4 regiments on June 5, 1899).

The Spanish-American War (1898) saw the nationalization of the Texas Volunteer Guard. The 28th Legislature, Regular Session, reorganized the state militia into a Reserve Militia and a Texas National Guard, on April 1, 1903.


Scope and Contents of the Records

These records contain general and special orders, and circulars; letters received concerning encampments, jacket covers, and specialized indices to correspondence; constitutions, by-laws, and minutes of a number of individual companies; pamphlets and other printed matter, including newspaper clippings; records regarding the personnel of the Volunteer Guard; records of property (both quartermaster and ordnance); records of payments for services; one company record book; and an index of companies/calendar of riot duties. They comprise the records of the Texas Volunteer Guard, 1874-1904, and undated.

A chart matching a given Texas town or city with the name and organizational designation of its company or companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard is located in the following finding aid: Texas Adjutant General's Department, Military rolls, Texas Volunteer Guard military rolls, 1880-1903, undated, 16.91 cubic ft.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into nine series:
Military orders, 1874-1903, 1.08 cubic ft.
Correspondence, 1880-1882, 1889-1903, 1.14 cubic ft.
Constitutions, by-laws, and minutes, 1876-1900, undated, 0.1 cubic ft.
Pamphlets and other printed matter, 1878-1902, undated, 0.39 cubic ft.
Records of personnel, 1874-1903, 6.06 cubic ft. (6 subseries)
Records of property, 1874-1903, undated, 8.52 cubic ft. (2 subseries)
Records of payments for services, 1877-1903, undated (bulk 1886-1903), 1.78 cubic ft.
Company record book, [ca. 1903]-1904, 0.25 cubic ft.
Index of companies and calendar of riot duties, 1880-1903, fractional.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

The large volume of General Orders is very fragile. Therefore it may not be photocopied, and must be treated with great care.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Volunteer Guard--Organization.
Texas. Volunteer Guard--Personnel records.
Texas. Volunteer Guard--Pay, allowances, etc.
Texas. Volunteer Guard--Ordnance and ordnance stores.
Subjects:
Civil-military relations--Texas.
Military training camps--Texas.
Quartermasters--Texas.
Places:
Texas--History--1846-1950.
Document Types:
Orders (military records)--Texas--1874-1903.
Correspondence--Texas--Military records--1874-1903.
Reports--Texas--Military records--1874-1903.
Administrative records--Texas--Military records--1874-1903.
Financial records--Texas--Military records--1874-1903.
Rosters--Texas--Military records--1874-1903.
Functions:
Protecting state.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Note: Portions of many late 19th century governors' records concern the Texas Volunteer Guard and related matters.
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Departmental correspondence, 1846-1943 (bulk 1861-1933), 121.62 cubic ft.
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Military rolls, Militia military rolls, 1874-1877, 0.14 cubic ft.; and Texas Volunteer Guard military rolls, 1880-1903, undated, 16.91 cubic ft.
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Service records, Texas Volunteer Guard service records, 1881-1903 (bulk 1886-1902), 18.8 cubic ft.
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Texas Volunteers (Spanish-American War) records, 1898-1904 (bulk 1898-1901), 3.97 cubic ft.
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Texas National Guard records, 1902-1931, 1939, 1941-1945, 1950, undated (bulk 1903-1911), 39.47 cubic ft.
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Texas State Guard/Texas Defense Guard/Texas State Guard Reserve Corps records, 1938-1983, undated, 83.72 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1933/001

The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.

Processing Information

Tony Black, February 1987


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Military orders, 1874-1903,
1.08 cubic ft.

These records consist of military orders (general orders, special orders, and circulars) issued by various military authorities concerning (either directly or indirectly) the Texas Volunteer Guard, 1874-1903. The vast majority of the loose documents are printed circulars and general orders issued by the Adjutant General of the State of Texas concerning the Texas Volunteer Guard, 1891-1903. There are also a small number of military orders (general and special orders, and circulars) of the 1880s and 1890s emanating from several federal offices concerning the state militias.
In addition, there are four volumes containing military orders from 1870 through 1912 (with those regarding the Texas Volunteer Guard dating from 1874-1903). One enormous, fragile volume contains General Orders from June 24, 1870 through January 8, 1912, some handwritten but most pasted down. The entire range of military organizations for this time period is represented: State Police, State Guard, Reserve Militia, Frontier Forces, Frontier Battalion, Ranger Force, Texas Volunteer Guard, and Texas National Guard. Two volumes contain Special Orders, the first volume from August 1870 through April 2, 1897 (mostly handwritten), and the second volume from April 2, 1897 through May 18, 1901 (mostly pasted down); again, all military organizations are represented. The subject matter of the special orders generally includes individual or company assignments, leaves of absence, boards of survey, etc.
The fourth volume contains orders from the headquarters of the 4th Regiment of Infantry, Texas Volunteer Guard, stationed at Cleburne, Sherman, and Camp Mabry. These include general orders (June 7, 1900-August 25, 1903), special orders (August 5, 1900-August 20, 1903), and one circular (August 20, 1903).
Arrangement
These records are arranged by issuing office, and chronologically therein.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Military orders, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1933/001
The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
The large volume of General Orders is very fragile. Therefore it may not be photocopied, and must be treated with great care.
Processed by
Tony Black, February 1987
Headquarters of the Army (Washington, D.C.)
box folder
401-867 7. Military Orders, 1883, 1886, 1890, 1899
Navy Department (Washington, D.C.)
box folder
401-867 7. Military Orders, 1894
War Department (Washington, D.C.)
box folder
401-867 7. Military Orders, 1894, 1897
State of Missouri Adjutant General
box folder
401-867 7. General Order, 1895
Headquarters Department of Texas (San Antonio)
box folder
401-867 7. Special Orders, 1886, 1892
Texas Adjutant General (Austin)
box folder
401-867 8. Military Orders, 1891
9. Military Orders, 1892
10. Military Orders, 1893
11. Military Orders, 1894
12. Military Orders, 1895
13. Military Orders, 1896
14. Military Orders, 1897
15. Military Orders, 1899-1900 (bulk 1899)
16. Military Orders, 1902-1903
volume
401-984 General Orders, 1874-1903
[Note: Overall date span for this volume is 1870-1912, covering entire range of military organizations in Texas for this time period.]
volume
401-1012 Special Orders, 1874-1897
[Note: Overall date span for this volume is 1870-1897, covering entire range of military organizations in Texas for this time period.]
volume
401-1013 Special Orders, 1897-1901
[Note: Covers Frontier Battalion as well as Texas Volunteer Guard.]
volume
401-986 Military Orders, 4th Regiment of Infantry, Texas Volunteer Guard, 1900-1903



 

Correspondence, 1880-1882, 1889-1903,
1.14 cubic ft.

These records consist of three types of Volunteer Guard correspondence, dating 1880-1882 and 1889-1903. The largest group contains correspondence concerning encampments, 1893-1896 (bulk 1893). These letters and telegrams received by the Adjutant General deal with such matters as requests for leave and requests to be excused from attendance at the annual encampments; reports of the number of men to be brought to the encampments; special routing orders; letters from the railroad companies assigned to transport troops; contracts for providing bread and beef for the encampments; receipts for horses; certificates of election; reports of individual actions; etc. Proceedings of General Courts Martial arising from the encampments of 1893 and 1896 are included separately. As with most official correspondence of the time period, each item is briefly summarized on the reverse, including the disposition.
The second main type of correspondence consists of wrappers or jacket covers to letters received by the Adjutant General concerning the Texas Volunteer Guard, 1880-1882 and 1889-1902. The survival of these wrappers may be related to the fact that for the second period of time, no bound indexes have been found (see Departmental correspondence series). Each item contains the author, place, date, subject of the letter, and a filing code corresponding to those found on other items in the Departmental correspondence series, where presumably the researcher can find the letters belonging to these wrappers.
Finally, there are three volumes. Two are thin volumes, with extremely few entries in either, purporting to be indexes to letters received and to letters sent, regarding the 4th Regiment of the Texas Volunteer Guard between 1900 and 1903. Since all entries are to simple numbers only, rather than to an alphanumeric code, the location of the letters indexed is unknown.
The other volume (which also contains records of the Frontier Battalion) contains the following: several applications for organization of companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard; three rules concerning retirement from the Texas Volunteer Guard; and a chart of applications of organizing companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard (1900), containing the following information: date of application, name of town, leader, number of men, and character of the application, e.g. petition, letter, etc.
Arrangement
These records are ordered into two groups, correspondence and wrappers. Within each group the records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1933/001
The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, February 1987
Correspondence concerning encampments, 1893-1896
box folder
401-1150 1-23. Encampment of 1893: Correspondence
box folder
401-1151 1-4. Encampment of 1893: Proceedings of Courts Martial
5-6. Encampment of 1894: Correspondence
7-8. Encampment of 1895: Correspondence
9-10. Encampment of 1896: Correspondence
11-12. Encampment of 1896: Proceedings of Courts Martial
Wrappers, 1880-1882, 1889-1902, undated
box folder
401-867 17. 1880
18. 1881
19. 1882
20. 1889
21. 1890
22. 1891
23. 1892
24. 1893
25. 1894-1895
26. 1896
27. 1897
28. 1898
29. 1899-1902
30. undated
volume
401-987 4th Regiment, Index of letters received, [1900-1903]
volume
401-988 4th Regiment, Index of letters sent, [1900-1903]
volume
401-1100 Applications for organizing companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard, 1900



 

Constitutions, by-laws, and minutes, 1876-1900, undated,
0.1 cubic ft.

These records consist of the constitutions, by-laws, minutes, and/or histories of eleven companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard, dating 1876-1900, and undated: the Galveston Artillery, the Belknap Rifles (San Antonio), the Rough and Ready Home Guards (St. Mary's, Refugio County), the Brenham Field Artillery, the Houston Light Guard, an unnamed Weatherford troop, the San Marcos Greys, the Moss Light Guard (Cleburne), the El Paso Rifles, the Hillsboro Rifles, and Battery D, 1st Artillery (Houston). Four of these items are in pamphlet form, one is typescript, one is handwritten, one is a negative photostat of a handwritten copy, one is a copy of a newspaper clipping, one is a handwritten volume, and the last two are printed forms (an incorporation certificate, and a membership certificate).
Arrangement
These records are arranged in no particular order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Constitutions, by-laws, and minutes, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1933/001
The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, February 1987
box folder
401-867 31. Galveston Artillery: By-laws, 1884
31. Belknap Rifles (San Antonio): Constitution and by-laws, [not before 1885]
31. Rough and Ready Home Guards (St. Mary's): Preamble and by-laws, [not after 1886]
31. Brenham Field Artillery: Constitution and by-laws, 1894
31. Weatherford [Troop]: Constitution and by-laws, undated
31. Houston Light Guard: Historical and pictorial sketch, [not before 1889]
32. San Marcos Greys: Constitution and by-laws, 1876
[negative photostat]
32. Moss Light Guards (Cleburne): Constitution and by-laws, 1900
[newspaper clipping]
volume
401-1014 El Paso Rifles: Minutes, constitution and by-laws, cash account, roster, and oath, 1882-1883
oversize folder
401-824 8. Hillsboro Rifles: Incorporation certificate, 1894
8. Battery D, 1st Artillery (Houston): Membership certificate, undated



 

Pamphlets and other printed matter, 1878-1902, undated,
0.39 cubic ft.

These records consist of 26 pamphlets and brochures covering a wide variety of subjects pertaining to the Texas Volunteer Guard. This printed matter dates 1878-1902, and undated. They include the following:
  • (1-2) Camp of Instruction, Texas Volunteer Guard: extracts from two different Manuals of Guard Duty, undated;
  • (3-5) Drill Program Instructions, April 4, 1900 (10 annotated copies); also "Information" and "Form Squad" drill instructions, undated;
  • (6-7) Headquarters, Military Division of the Missouri (Chicago), Reports of Operations, 1878 and 1881;
  • (8) Statement by the chairman of the executive committee, Inter-State National Guard Association, November 20, 1899: "What Congress Ought To Be Asked To Do for the National Guard...;"
  • (9) H.R. 5954, 51st Congress, 1st Session (1890): "A Bill to improve the efficiency of the militia;"
  • (10) S. 1169, 54th Congress, 2nd Session (1896): "An Act authorizing the Secretary of War to issue Springfield Rifles...;"
  • (11) Report 2363 to accompany S. 1169 above;
  • (12) H.R. 18280, 57th Congress, 1st Session (1902): "A Bill providing for national trophy and prizes for rifle competition;"
  • (13-14) Speeches on "The Efficiency of the Militia" by Hon. William L. Stark of Nebraska and Hon. Charles Dick of Ohio (June 30, 1902);
  • (15) Speech "Our Second Line of Defense" by Charles Dick, undated;
  • (16) Roster of [U.S.] Troops Serving in Department of Texas (September 1, 1899);
  • (17-18) U.S. Department of Agriculture, Circular 13: "Forest Fire Legislation in the U.S." (1896); and Circular 14: "Is Protection Against Forest Fires Practicable?" (not before 1892);
  • (19) "Specifications for Made Locker for Enlisted Men of the U.S. Army" (1899);
  • (20) "Numbers and Measurements of Clothing" (undated);
  • (21) Proclamation (re smallpox), Bryan (1899);
  • (22) Notice (re food distribution), Galveston (undated--1900?);
  • (23) "Military Instruction in the Public Schools" (1895);
  • (24) "Napoleon Bonaparte's First Campaign" (undated);
  • (25) "The Signal Corps in the Rebellion" (undated);
  • (26) "International Law" (undated).
Also included are newspaper clippings, 1883-1903, and undated. The largest bulk of these consist of articles written in 1897, supporting the continued existence and liberal support of the Texas Volunteer Guard, or expounding on the benefits to be derived from annual encampments. Others give news concerning specific companies or specific guardsmen. Some were mounted on paper and labeled, including one that was mounted on Adjutant General letterhead.
Arrangement
Pamphlets are arranged by type, and therein chronologically. Newspaper clippings are next, arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Pamphlets and other printed matter, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1933/001
The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, February 1987
Pamphlets
box folder
401-868 1. Camp of Instruction, and Drill Programs, 1900, undated
2. Military Division of the Missouri, and Interstate National Guard Association, 1878, 1881, 1899
3. U.S. Congress, 1890, 1896, 1902
4. U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and broadsides, 1896, 1899, undated
5. Promotional brochures
Newspaper clippings, 1883-1903, undated
box folder
401-890 12. 1883, 1887-1892
13. 1893-1896
14-16. 1897
17. 1898-1899
18. 1900
19. 1901
20. 1902
21. 1903
22. undated
box folder
401-969 12. Broadside, 1887



 

Records of personnel, 1874-1903,
6.06 cubic ft.

These records consists of militia returns, morning reports, company returns/drill reports/returns of property, inspection reports, collective oaths, and an index to personnel. They comprise records concerning the personnel of the Texas Volunteer Guard, dating 1874-1903.
Organization
These records are organized into six subseries:
Returns of militia, 1874-1903, 0.7 cubic ft.
Morning reports, 1890, 1893-1894, 1897, 1900, 1903 (bulk 1893-1894), 0.52 cubic ft.
Returns of company/property and drill reports, 1900-1903, 0.89 cubic ft.
Inspection reports, 1885, 1891-1893, 1896-1897, 1900-1903, 0.77 cubic ft.
Collective oaths, 1880-1903, 1.24 cubic ft.
Index to personnel, [ca. 1890], 0.38 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Records of personnel, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1933/001
The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, February 1987
Returns of militia, 1874-1903,
0.7 cubic ft.
These records consist of oversized returns of militia personnel, both annual returns, 1874-1903, and quarterly or semi-annual returns (by brigade and regiment), 1900-1903.
Information contained on each annual return includes the following: name of division commander; number of each rank of officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men; total enlisted, and aggregate. Also included is a recapitulation of the numbers of each rank of general and staff officers, cavalry, artillery, infantry, and total men; the number of men available for military duty; and the names and ranks of the general and staff officers. Annual returns for the 1870s were not published in the annual reports of the Adjutant General, and are very deteriorated (probably as a consequence of heavy use).
The quarterly and semi-annual returns for 1900-1903 represent divisional, brigade, and regimental levels of organization. (The 1st Division contained the 1st and 2nd Brigades. The 1st Brigade consisted of the 1st and 2nd Regiments of Infantry, and the 1st Squadron of Cavalry; the 2nd Brigade consisted of the 3rd and 4th Regiments of Infantry, and the 1st Artillery Battalion.) Information contained on these returns includes: stations of companies and names of company captains; numbers of officers and enlisted men present and absent, both by status (e.g., "sick") and by rank; alterations (gain/loss) since the last monthly return; numbers of horses and pieces of artillery; absent enlisted men accounted for by name; a record of events; the commissioned officers (names, ranks, and stations); and alterations among enlisted men (name, rank, company, date, place, and remarks).
Arrangement
The annual returns are arranged chronologically. The quarterly and semi-annual returns are arranged by organization, heirarchically, and therein chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Returns of militia, Records of personnel, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Annual returns of militia
map-case folder
401-1320 4. 1874-1879
5. 1880-1884
6. 1885-1889
7. 1890-1894
8. 1895-1903
Quarterly returns
map-case folder
401-1321 1. 1st Division, 1901-1902
1. 1st Brigade, 1902-1903
1. 1st Regiment Infantry, 1901-1903
2. 2nd Regiment Infantry, 1900-1903
2. 1st Squadron Cavalry, 1901-1903
3. 2nd Brigade, 1900-1903
3. 3rd Regiment Infantry, 1900-1903
4. 4th Regiment Infantry, 1901-1903
4. 1st Artillery Battalion, 1900-1903
4. 1st Battalion Colored Infantry, 1903
Morning reports, 1890, 1893-1894, 1897, 1900, 1903 (bulk 1893-1894),
0.52 cubic ft.
These records consist of morning reports of officers and men present at encampments, on several different organizational levels: division, brigade, regiment/battalion, and company. They date 1890, 1893-1894, 1897, 1900, 1903 (bulk 1893-1894). Except for the company morning reports, all are oversized. Information given for each unit within a sub-division includes: number present for duty (by rank); numbers of officers, non-commissioned officers, and musicians and privates sick, on extra duty (including cooks and waiters), and in arrest; and names of officers present.
A similar record is also included, consisting of six oversized reports of guards mounted at Camp Garritty, July 4-9, 1900. Each report lists the last name and company of each soldier on each of three reliefs of guard duty, at 9 or 10 posts. Space is provided to list prisoners, but there were none. All soldiers were attached to the 3rd Regiment of Infantry.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by organization.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Morning reports, Records of personnel, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Morning reports
oversize folder
401-968 5. Division, July 23-27, 29-30, 1893
5. Division, July 14, 1894
5. Division, July 19, 1897
5. 1st Brigade, July 25-26, 1893
5. 2nd Brigade, July 25-26, 1893
6. 1st Battalion [Colored Infantry], September 24-28, 1890
6. 1st Regiment, July 25, 1893
6. 2nd Regiment, July 25, 1893
6. 3rd Regiment, July 25, 1893
6. 4th Regiment, July 25, 1893
6. 5th Regiment, July 25, 1893
6. 6th Regiment, July 25, 1893
7. 1st Cavalry, July 25-26, 1893
7. 1st Battalion Artillery, July 25-26, 1893
7. 1st Battalion Colored Infantry, September 16-17, 1893
7. 1st Regiment, July 14, 1894
7. 2nd Regiment, July 14, 1894
7. 3rd Regiment, July 13, 1894
7. 4th Regiment, July 14, 1894
7. 5th Regiment, July 14, 1894
7. 6th Regiment, July 14, 1894
8. 4th Regiment, August 20-23, 1903
Morning reports (companies)
box folder
401-868 6. 1st Regiment, July 25, 1893
6. 2nd Regiment, July 25, 1893
7. 3rd Regiment, July 25, 1893
7. 4th Regiment, July 25, 1893
8. 5th Regiment, July 25, 1893
8. 6th Regiment, July 25, 1893
8. 1st Regiment Cavalry, July 25, 1893
9. 1st Regiment, July 24, 1900
10. 1st Regiment, July 26, 1900
11. 1st Regiment, July 27, 1900
12. 1st Regiment, July 28, 1900
13. 1st Regiment, July 29, 1900
14. Signal Corps, July 26, 28-29, 1900
oversize folder
401-968 9. Reports of guards, July 4-9, 1900
Returns of company/property and drill reports, 1900-1903,
0.89 cubic ft.
These records consist of multi-purpose reports that combine either quarterly returns of companies, drill reports, and returns of property (1900-1901), or semi-annual returns of companies and drill reports (1901-1903). Thus the only differences in the two types of forms are the number of months covered by each form, and that the later forms do not include returns of property.
The return-of-company portion of each form contains the following information: a record of strength at the last return (commissioned officers and enlisted men, by rank, plus total and aggregate), numbers of losses (deducted), numbers of gains (added), and present strength; plus the names of officers and men lost (resigned, dismissed, died, promoted, discharged honorably and dishonorably) and men gained (elected, appointed, transferred, recruited, and re-enlisted).
The drill-report portion of each form contains the following information: date of drill, number of officers and men present and absent (with and without leave), kind of drill, and remarks as to progress, efficiency, interests, etc.
The return-of-property portion of the earlier forms (1900-1901) contains returns of quartermaster supplies and ordnance and ordnance stores.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by type of form, then by company, and chronologically therein.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Returns of company/property and drill reports, Records of personnel, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Return of company/drill report/return of property, 1900-1901
1st Infantry:
box folder
401-868 15. Companies A-B
16. Companies C-D
17. Companies E-F
18. Companies H-I
19. Companies K-M, Band
2nd Infantry:
box folder
401-868 20. Companies A-B
21. Companies C-D
22. Companies E-F
23. Companies G-H
24. Companies I-K
25. Companies L-M
26. Band
3rd Infantry:
box folder
401-868 27. Companies A-B
28. Companies D-E
29. Companies F-H
30. Companies I-M
31. Band, Trumpet Corps
4th Infantry:
box folder
401-869 1. Companies A-B
2. Companies C-D
3. Companies E-F
4. Companies G-H
5. Companies I-K
6. Companies L-M
7. Band, Trumpet Corps
1st Cavalry:
box folder
401-869 8. Troops A-B
9. Troops C-D
Artillery:
box folder
401-869 10. 1st Artillery, Batteries A, C, D
Signal Corps:
box folder
401-869 11. Signal Corps
Colored Battalion of Infantry:
box folder
401-869 12. Companies A, C, E
Return of company and drill report, 1901-1903
1st Infantry:
box folder
401-869 13. Companies A-B
14. Companies C-D
15. Companies E-F
16. Companies G-H
17. Companies I-K
18. Companies L-M
19. Band, Trumpet Corps
2nd Infantry:
box folder
401-869 20. 2nd Infantry, Companies A-C
21. Companies D-F
22. Companies G-H
23. Companies I-K
24. Companies L-M, Band
3rd Infantry:
box folder
401-869 25. 3rd Infantry, Companies A-B
26. Companies C-D
27. Companies E-G
28. Companies H-I
29. Companies K-L
30. Company M, Band, Trumpet Corps
4th Infantry:
box folder
401-870 1. 4th Infantry, Companies A-C
2. Companies D-E
3. Companies F-G
4. Companies H-K
5. Companies L-M
6. Band, Trumpet Corps
1st Cavalry:
box folder
401-870 7. 1st Cavalry, Troops A, C
8. Troop D, Band
1st Artillery:
box folder
401-870 9. 1st, 3rd, 4th Battery
Signal Corps:
box folder
401-870 10. Companies A-B
Colored Battalion of Infantry:
box folder
401-870 11. Companies A-B
12. Companies C-D
Inspection reports, 1885, 1891-1893, 1896-1897, 1900-1903,
0.77 cubic ft.
These records consist of reports of inspections of selected companies in 1885, 1891-1893, and 1897; a volume containing inspection reports of 1896 and 1897; and reports of fairly comprehensive inspections in 1900-1903.
The inspection reports for 1885, 1891, and 1892, are on consolidated (oversized) charts, and include such items for each company as number present at inspection, appearance of company, average age of members, size of armory, rent per month, color of uniform, where the captain received his military education, etc. For each inspection, the questions differed somewhat. The inspections for 1891 and 1892 contained detailed information concerning ordnance, including the serial numbers of guns issued in 1892. In 1885, 27 companies were inspected. In 1891, 16 companies in the 1st Brigade, and 14 companies in the 2nd Brigade were inspected. 16 companies were inspected in 1892, and 4 companies in 1897.
A Board of Inspection in July, 1893, assigned scores to all Texas Volunteer Guard companies for "police," and "field," and "general average." In addition, seven companies received inspection in December, 1893, summarized in a brief chart, with more detailed textual reports on an additional three companies.
Volume 401-1015 contains reports from the State Board of Inspectors regarding Camp Bliss, July 13, 1896; a report of an inspection at Camp Culberson in July, 1897; and a program of prizes from a state drill at Tyler, Texas.
Each of the companies in the comprehensive inspections of 1900-1903 was reported on a separate form, containing the following sections: 52 questions, with answers written in longhand; property returns; remarks and recommendations; and numerical strengths of the company (present and absent). Included in the 52 questions were the following types of queries: (1) What service has company seen since last inspection? (2) Military bearing and appearance? (6) Average attendance at drills? (7) Company proficient in the school of the soldier? (12) [Are the company officers proficient] in street riot duties? (15) Instructed in creating artificial cover and obstacles? (33) Any officers addicted to intemperance or gambling? (35) How many men could be depended on to respond to an emergency call for service on 3 hours' notice? The property returns, including both quartermaster stores and ordnance and ordnance stores, included name of articles, number on hand, number lost/destroyed/stolen, condition (including the number that should be condemned, and (for ordnance) the number and names of parts missing.
Finally, there are a series of miscellaneous reports from 1900 through 1902, of camps of instruction and tours of inspection. These provide information of a heterogeneous nature, such as a report on the attack of a position in open country, the scores earned by various companies in target practice, and the questions and answers of a School of the Soldier.
Arrangement
The 1900-1903 reports are arranged by organization, and therein chronologically. Other reports are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Inspection reports, Records of personnel, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Inspection reports, 1885-1897
map-case folder
401-1321 5. 1885, 1891, 1892
box folder
401-870 13A. 1893
13B. 1897
volume
401-1015 Inspection reports, Camps Bliss (1896) and Culberson (1897)
Inspection reports, 1900-1903
1st Infantry:
box folder
401-870 14. Companies A, B, C
15. Companies D, E, F
16. Companies G, H, K
17. Companies L, M, Band, Trumpet Corps
2nd Infantry:
box folder
401-870 18. Companies A, B, C
19. Companies D, E, F
20. Companies G, H, I, K
21. Companies L, M, Band, Trumpet Corps
3rd Infantry:
box folder
401-870 22. Companies A, B, C, D
23. Companies E, F, G
24. Companies H, I
25. Companies K, L, M
26. Band, Trumpet Corps
4th Infantry:
box folder
401-870 27. Companies A, B, C
28. Companies D, E
29. Companies F, G, H
30. Companies I, K, L
31. Company M, Band, Trumpet Corps
1st Cavalry:
box folder
401-871 1. Troops A, B
2. Troops C, D, Band
1st Artillery:
box folder
401-871 3. Battery A
4. Battery C, 3rd and 4th Battery
Signal Corps:
box folder
401-871 5. Companies A, B
Colored Infantry:
box folder
401-871 6. Companies A, B (E)
7. Company C
8. Company D (F)
Other reports
box folder
401-871 9. 1900
10. 1901
11. 1902
12. undated
13. Exam questions
Collective oaths, 1880-1903,
1.24 cubic ft.
These records consist of lists of signatures to the enlistment oath sworn by members of the Texas Volunteer Guard, often on pre-printed forms, dating 1880-1903. The oath is some variant of the following: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the State of Texas, and will support the Constitution thereof; and I do further swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully observe and obey all laws and regulations for the government of the Volunteer Guards of this state, and the orders of all officers elected or appointed over me, for the period of three years. So help me God."
Many of these collective oaths, especially those in the 1880s, are part of a packet of organization papers, affixed by an adhesive, that includes a cover letter, muster roll, and other related documents in addition to the oaths. The oaths are often in the nature of an application, either for enlistment in the company, or for organization as a company. Sometimes--usually for small numbers of men--the oaths are on a form that includes physical descriptions. The name and/or designation of the company is occasionally included on the oath, or is sometimes added in pencil, but for the majority the only identifier is the name of the county (sometimes only in the notarial embossment). For this reason, no attempt has been made to separate companies by unit designation.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by county, and chronologically therein.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Collective oaths, Records of personnel, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Collective oaths, 1880-1903
box folder
401-871 14. Anderson County
14. Angelina County
15. Armstrong County
15. Austin County
16. Bastrop County
17. Bee County
17. Bell County
18. Bexar County, 1884-1889
19. Bexar County, 1891-1903
20. Bosque County
20. Bowie County
21. Brazoria County
22. Brazos County
23. Briscoe County
23. Brown County
24. Burleson County
25. Burnet County
26. Caldwell County
26. Cameron County
27. Cherokee County
27. Childress County
27. Clay County
28. Coleman County
folder
28. Collin County
box folder
401-871 29. Colorado County
30. Comal County
30. Comanche County
31. Cooke County
32. Dallas County, 1880-1889
33. Dallas County, 1890-1897
34. Dallas County, 1898-1903
35. Denton County
36. DeWitt County
36. Dimmit County
box folder
401-872 1. Eastland County
2. Ellis County
3. El Paso County
4. Erath County
4. Falls County
5. Fannin County
6. Fayette County
7. Fort Bend County
8. Frio County
9. Galveston County, 1881-1889
10. Galveston County, 1890-1897
11. Galveston County, 1899-1902
12. Gillespie County
12. Gonzales County
13. Grayson County, 1886-1889
14. Grayson County, 1890-1897
15. Grayson County, 1899-1902
16. Gregg County
17. Grimes County
17. Guadalupe County
18. Hale County
18. Hardeman County
19. Harris County, 1880-1889
20. Harris County, 1890-1897
21. Harris County, 1899-1903
22. Harrison County
23. Hays County
23. Henderson County
24. Hill County
25. Hood County
25. Hopkins County
26. Hunt County
27. Jasper County
27. Jefferson County
28. Johnson County
29. Kaufman County
30. Kerr County
30. Kinney County
31. Lamar County
32. Lampasas County
folder
32. Lee County
box folder
401-872 33. Limestone County
33. Llano County
box folder
401-873 1. McLennan County
2. Marion County
3. Maverick County
folder
3. Medina County
box folder
401-873 4. Milam County
5. Mitchell County
6. Montague County
7. Nacogdoches County
8. Navarro County, 1889-1899
9. Navarro County, 1900-1902
10. Nueces County
11. Orange County
12. Palo Pinto County
12. Panola County
13. Parker County
13. Potter County
14. Red River County
folder
14. Reeves County
box folder
401-873 15. Robertson County
16. Runnels County
16. Rusk County
17. San Augustine County
17. Shelby County
18. Smith County
18. Starr County
19. Tarrant County, 1883-1894
20. Tarrant County, 1895-1900
21. Taylor County
22. Tom Green County
23. Travis County, 1880-1885
24. Travis County, 1890-1897
25. Travis County, 1899-1902
26. Tyler County
27. Upshur County
27. Uvalde County
28. Victoria County
29. Walker County
folder
29. Waller County
box folder
401-873 30. Washington County
31. Webb County
31. Wharton County
31. Wheeler County
32. Wichita County
32. Wilbarger County
33. Williamson County
33. Wilson County
34. Wise County
34. Wood County
35. unidentified
Index to personnel, [ca. 1890],
0.38 cubic ft.
These records consist of 3-by-4 inch index cards, compiled at some unknown date by unknown persons, comprising what appears to be an index to Texas Volunteer Guardsmen, [ca. 1890]. Information on each card includes only name and company designation (the nickname, not the company letter or regiment); e.g., "Jackson, A., Rusk Rifles." The vast majority of these guardsmen are not included in the Texas Volunteer Guard muster roll abstracts in the Search Room.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Index to personnel, Records of personnel, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Index to personnel, [ca. 1890]
box
401-1269 A-H
box
401-1270 I-S
box
401-1271 T-Z



 

Records of property, 1874-1903, undated,
8.52 cubic ft.

These are quartermaster and ordnance records of the Texas Volunteer Guard, 1874-1903, and undated.
The quartermaster records, dating 1880-1903, and undated (bulk 1891-1903) include: semi-annual returns of state property of individual companies; requisitions of quartermaster supplies required by individual companies; bids to furnish rations or other quartermaster supplies; contracts to furnish supplies; invoices of clothing and equipage transferred by the Quartermaster of the United States Army to the Governor of Texas; invoices of groceries and other quartermaster stores from private firms; bills of lading; receipts for supplies; memorandum receipts for supplies in use; abstracts of articles received from officers by the Governor of Texas; affidavits from officers concerning their responsibility to the State of Texas for quartermaster stores; lists of articles lost or destroyed/expended in public service; affidavits concerning lost, stolen, or damaged supplies; accounts of sales of public property at auction; vouchers; statements of cost of articles of clothing and equipage issued to the Governor of Texas; daily ration returns of individual companies; consolidated ration reports/returns of subsistence stores issued and remaining on hand by individual companies; annual returns of clothing and equipage/quartermaster supplies for use of militia (rendered by the Governor of Texas to the Quartermaster of the United States Army); special orders concerning quartermaster supplies; and correspondence concerning quartermaster supplies.
The ordnance records, 1874-1903, include: requisitions for ordnance and ordnance stores for use of individual companies; invoices of ordnance and ordnance stores turned over to the Governor of Texas; bills of lading; vouchers for freight on ordnance and ordnance stores; receipts of ordnance; sales of ordnance; certifications of the expenditure of rifle cartridges; annual abstracts of property (i.e., metallic ammunition and miscellaneous) expended or consumed by the militia of Texas; annual abstracts of ordnance stores lost or destroyed by the militia of Texas; annual ordnance returns (General Statements, Articles Issued, Dropped, Stored, Loaned Out, and Rough Memorandum of Ordnance); annual reports/returns of ordnance and ordnance stores for which individual companies were responsible; lengthy, detailed, company by company reports of inspections of arms (especially for 1887); reports of boards of survey to examine the condition of ordnance; bonds filed by the commanding officers; and correspondence concerning ordnance (especially from Ordnance Office, War Department, Washington, D.C.).
The researcher should also note the existence of quartermaster and ordnance returns in two other locations: combined with company returns and Drill reports for 1900-1901, and combined with Inspection reports for 1900-1903, both described above under Texas Volunteer Guard Records of personnel.
Organization
These records are organized into two subseries:
  • Quartermaster records, 1880-1903, undated (bulk 1891-1903), 4.04 cubic ft.
  • Ordnance records, 1874-1903, undated, 4.37 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Records of property, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1933/001
The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, February 1987
Quartermaster records, 1880-1903, undated (bulk 1891-1903),
4.04 cubic ft.
These consist of the following types of Texas Volunteer Guard quartermaster records, dating 1880-1903, and undated (bulk 1891-1903): requisitions of quartermaster supplies required by individual companies; bids to furnish rations or other quartermaster supplies; contracts to furnish supplies; invoices of clothing and equipage transferred by the Quartermaster of the United States Army to the Governor of Texas; invoices of groceries and other quartermaster stores from private firms; bills of lading; receipts for supplies; memorandum receipts for supplies in use; abstracts of articles received from officers by the Governor of Texas; affidavits from officers concerning their responsibility to the State of Texas for quartermaster stores; lists of articles lost or destroyed/expended in public service; affidavits concerning lost, stolen, or damaged supplies; accounts of sales of public property at auction; vouchers; statements of cost of articles of clothing and equipage issued to the Governor of Texas; daily ration returns of individual companies; consolidated ration reports/returns of subsistence stores issued and remaining on hand by individual companies; annual returns of clothing and equipage/quartermaster supplies for use of militia (rendered by the Governor of Texas to the Quartermaster of the United States Army); special orders concerning quartermaster supplies; and correspondence concerning quartermaster supplies. Many of the items of correspondence are transmittal letters that contain abstracts of the substance of the letters on the reverse, e.g.: "Philadelphia Depot of Quartermaster Department (Schuylkill Arsenal) to the Governor of Texas: Enclosed find invoice and blank receipt of stores turned over to ___ for transportation to your address;" abstract on reverse: "[Date, place, name of quartermaster], Invoice and receipts for 93 blouses--requisition of [date]."
Because they formed distinct files, the affidavits of officers concerning lost, stolen, or damaged supplies for the years 1901-1903 are maintained separately.
Also maintained separately are the semi-annual returns of state property of individual companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard for the six-month periods ending September 1901, March and September 1902, and March 1903. These latter documents reported the numbers of each specific item of quartermaster's supplies and ordnance and ordnance stores received, issued and remaining on hand for each captain; the answers to 12 questions concerning the armory, lockers, and gun racks of each company; and a list of unserviceable articles, with the reason why they are in that condition.
There is an order book dated July, 1901, that contains lists of quartermaster stores issued to various companies. In addition, there are seven booklets containing the uniform measurements for individual guardsmen in the following companies: Fry Guard of Marshall (December 1, 1893), Mexia Minute Men ([ca. 1892]-1897), Garitty Rifles of Corsicana ([ca. 1892]-1897), Boggess Volunteers of St. Jo (undated), Dilley Rifles of Palestine, under Captain W. E. Williams ([ca. 1889]-1892), Jeff Davis Rifles of Jasper, under Captain E. I. Kellie (undated), and the Stone Fort Rifles of Nacogdoches (undated).
Also included are three volumes. Two of these are account books of public property and (especially) ordnance stores for individual companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard (1883-1899), Frontier Battalion (1876-1899), Special State Troops (1876-1878), and Special Force (1876-1887). Both contain indexes loose in the front. The third volume is a shipping book for 1900-1903, itemizing quartermaster supplies and ordnance stores, including shipper and date shipped, arranged by captain.
Arrangement
Quartermaster records are arranged roughly chronologically, to the year or (for 1900-1903) to the quarter. Affidavits of officers concerning losses are maintained separately, arranged chronologically in year order and therein in numerical order. Semi-annual returns of state property are next, arranged chronologically, and then (within each six-month period) by company. Other quartermaster records follow these, arranged in no particular order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Quartermaster records, Records of property, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Quartermaster records
box folder
401-874 1. 1880, 1882, 1887, 1889
2. 1890
3-7. 1891
8. 1892
9-12. 1893
13-15. 1894
16-17. 1895
box folder
401-875 1-2. 1896
3-6. 1897
7-10. 1898
11-16. 1899
box folder
401-876 1-2. January-March, 1900
3-5. April-June, 1900
6-9. July-September, 1900
10-11. October-December, 1900
12. January-March, 1901
13-16. April-June, 1901
box folder
401-877 1-14. July-September, 1901
15. October-December, 1901
16. January-March, 1902
17-18. April-June, 1902
box folder
401-878 1-19. July-September, 1902
box folder
401-879 1-6. July-September, 1902
7-8. October-December, 1902
9. January-March, 1903
10-11. April-June, 1903
12. Order book, July 1901
13-14. Uniform measurement booklets
23-24. Quartermaster records, undated
Affidavits of loss, 1901-1903
box folder
401-879 15-17. #1-103, 1901
18-20. 1901-1902
21-22. #1-63, 1902-1903
Semi-annual returns of state property
box folder
401-880 1. 1st Infantry, September 1901
2. 2nd Infantry, September 1901
3. 3rd Infantry, September 1901
4. 4th Infantry, September 1901
5. Colored Infantry, September 1901
6. Cavalry, Artillery, Signal Corps, September 1901
7. Colleges, September 1901
8. 1st Infantry, March 1902
9. 2nd Infantry, March 1902
10. 3rd Infantry, March 1902
11. 4th Infantry, March 1902
12. Colored Infantry, March 1902
13. Cavalry, Artillery, Signal Corps, March 1902
14-15. 1st Infantry, September 1902
16-17. 2nd Infantry, September 1902
18-19. 3rd Infantry, September 1902
20. 4th Infantry, September 1902
21. Colored Infantry, September 1902
22. Cavalry, September 1902
23. Artillery, September 1902
24. Signal Corps; A and M College, September 1902
box folder
401-881 1. 1st Infantry, March 1903
2. 2nd Infantry, March 1903
3. 3rd Infantry, March 1903
4. 4th Infantry, March 1903
5. Colored Infantry, March 1903
6. Cavalry, Field Artillery, March 1903
Other quartermaster records
oversize folder
401-824 8. Voucher for beef, 1894
box folder
401-881 9. Daily ration returns of Commissary Department, July, 1897
9. Consolidated returns of subsistance stores issued, July 1897 and July 1900
10. Lists of articles lost or destroyed/expended in public service, 1897-1902
10. Accounts of sales of articles of public property, 1898-1902
10. Articles issued to officers, 1900
11. Abstracts of articles received from officers, 1895-1901
12. Quarterly returns of public property (equipage and clothing), 1898 and 1900
box folder
401-968 10. Abstracts of articles expended, lost, destroyed, and sold, 1898, 1900-1903
map-case folder
401-1321 6. Voucher for groceries, 1893
6. Abstracts of affidavits, quartermaster stores, 1901
6. Abstracts of affidavits, quartermaster stores, 1902
volume
401-1016 Account books of public property and ordnance stores, August 1876-December 1885
volume
401-1017 Account books of public property and ordnance stores, July 1886-March 1899
volume
401-1018 Shipping book, quartermaster and ordnance, 1900-1903
Ordnance records, 1874-1903, undated,
4.37 cubic ft.
The researcher should be reminded that considerable documentation of ordnance was included in the Texas Volunteer Guard Quartermaster records described elsewhere.
These records consist of the following types of documents concerning ordnance, 1874-1903: requisitions for ordnance and ordnance stores for use of individual companies; invoices of ordnance and ordnance stores turned over to the Governor of Texas; bills of lading; vouchers for freight on ordnance and ordnance stores; receipts of ordnance; sales of ordnance; certifications of the expenditure of rifle cartridges; annual abstracts of property (i.e., metallic ammunition and miscellaneous) expended or consumed by the militia of Texas; annual abstracts of ordnance stores lost or destroyed by the militia of Texas; annual ordnance returns (General Statements, Articles Issued, Dropped, Stored, Loaned Out, and Rough Memorandum of Ordnance); annual reports/returns of ordnance and ordnance stores for which individual companies were responsible; lengthy, detailed, company by company reports of inspections of arms (especially for 1887); reports of boards of survey to examine the condition of ordnance; and correspondence concerning ordnance (especially from Ordnance Office, War Department, Washington, D.C.).
Because they form a consecutively numbered run of records, the affidavits of loss of ordnance and ordnance stores for 1901 have been separated.
Also arranged separately are bonds filed by the commanding officers of individual companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard. These bonds were required as security, primarily for ordnance, but also (especially 1900-1903) for quartermaster stores; the property so secured was itemized in detail on the bond. 305 separate company designations are represented, followed by 32 colleges/schools/universities/academies.
Annual returns of ordnance are arranged separately by virtue of their size.
In addition, there is an undated volume that lists, by company, the case numbers and rifle serial numbers of Model 1898 magazine rifles (caliber .30). The volume also contains regimental summaries of how many weapons and appurtenances (e.g. slings, scabbards, bayonets, ramrods, etc.) were on hand.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by type of record. Most ordnance records are arranged roughly chronologically, to the year. Bonds are arranged alphabetically by the designation of the company (e.g., Abilene Light Infantry, Alamo Guards, Aldred W. Drew Rifles, etc.).
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Ordnance records, Records of property, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Ordnance records
box folder
401-881 7. 1874
8. 1875-1876
9. 1877
10. 1879
11. 1880
12. 1881
13. 1882
14. 1885
15. 1886
16-18. 1887
19-20. 1888
21-24. 1889
25-28. 1890
box folder
401-882 1-2. 1891
3-6. 1892
7-9. 1893
10-12. 1894
13. 1895
14. 1896
15-17. 1897
18. 1898
box folder
401-883 1-5. 1899
6-11. 1900
12-19. 1901
box folder
401-884 1-8. 1902
9. 1903
10-14. undated
15-17. Affidavits of loss (#1-79), 1901
Bonds, [ca. 1879]-1903
box folder
401-884 18-19. A
box folder
401-885 1-5. B
6-8. C
9-11. D
12. E
13-14. F
15-16. G
17-18. H
19. I
20. J
box folder
401-886 1. K
2-4. L
5-7. M
8. N
9. O
10-11. P
12. Q
13-14. R
15-18. S
19-20. T
21. V
22-23. W
24. Y
25. Colleges, A-F
26. Colleges, G-W
27. No designation
Ordnance returns
oversize folder
401-969 1. 1874
1. 1875
2. 1875-1876
2. 1876
3. 1877
4. 1878
5. 1879
5. 1880
6. 1881
6. 1882
7. 1885
7. 1886
8. 1887
8. 1888
9. 1889-1890
9. 1892
10. Abstracts of expenditures, 1889-1891, 1893, 1896-1897, 1901-1902
10. Abstracts of ordnance stores lost and destroyed, 1889, 1893
10. Statement of responsibility, 1901
10. Shortage notes, undated
Annual returns of ordnance and ordnance stores
oversize folder
401-822 1. 1887-1889
2. 1890-1892
3. 1893-1895
4. 1896-1898
5. 1899-1901
6. 1902-1903
Quarterly returns of public property
oversize folder
401-822 7. 1898
8. 1899
9. 1900
Other ordnance records
oversize folder
401-822 10. Miscellaneous ordnance reports, abstracts, etc., 1880-1902
map-case folder
401-1321 7. Ordnance returns, 1879 and 1892
7. Tabulated inspection report of arms, 1892
7. Abstract of ordnance and ordnance stores dropped, 1901
volume
401-1019 Record of rifle serial numbers, model 1898, undated



 

Records of payments for services, 1877-1903, undated (bulk 1886-1903),
1.78 cubic ft.

These records consist of documents relating to services rendered on account of the Texas Volunteer Guard, 1877-1903, and undated (bulk 1886-1903), including the following: transportation of men and horses; commutation of rations; salaries; pay for hire, for labor, for clerical services, for services as guard, cook, porter, or the like; pay as a rejected man of the Texas Volunteers during the Spanish-American War (but claimed after the war's end); repairs; advertising; postage; telegrams; travel expenses; hire of horses; prizes; etc. The typical document is a voucher, but there are also receipts of railroad tickets, special transportation orders, and bids for services.
Arrangement
These records are arranged roughly chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Records of payments for services, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1933/001
The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, February 1987
Records of payments for services
box folder
401-887 1. 1877
2. 1881-1882
3. 1886-1887
4. 1888
5. 1889
6-9. 1890
10-12. 1891
13-14. 1892
15-19. 1893
20. January-June, 1894
box folder
401-888 1-7. July, 1894
8-9. August-December, 1894
10. 1895-1896
11-12. 1897
13. 1898
14-16. 1899
17-19. January-March, 1900
20-21. April-June, 1900
box folder
401-889 1-2. July-September, 1900
3-4. October-December, 1900
5-7. January-March, 1901
8-10. April-June, 1901
11-14. July-September, 1901
15-18. October-December, 1901
box folder
401-890 1. January-March, 1902
2. April-June, 1902
3-7. July-September, 1902
8-9. October-December, 1902
10. January-March, 1903
11. April-June, 1903
11. undated
oversize folder
401-968 10. Transportation chart, 1893
10. Time schedules, 1894



 

Company record book, [ca. 1903]-1904,
0.25 cubic ft.

These records consist of one volume for Troop C, 1st Cavalry, Texas Volunteer Guard, [ca. 1903]-1904, that may or may not be typical of the type of record books kept by individual companies.
The volume contains a letter pasted inside the front cover, written by Captain Emmett E. Walker on February 26, 1904, making the following statement: "This is one of the record books of Troop C, 1st Cavalry, Texas Volunteer Guard...turned over by Captain H. B. Wilson....This will clear me and my record of ever having kept such [badly kept] records." It contains the company roll, a quarterly return, a record of drills and parades, a return of state property issued, records of rifle and target practice, enlistment and descriptive records, and (pasted in) copies of general and special orders (company and head-quarter, division, brigade, and regimental orders). It includes a general index or table of contents, but no specialized index.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Company record book, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1933/001
The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, February 1987
volume
401-989 Company record book, Troop C, 1st Cavalry [ca. 1903]-1904



 

Index of companies and calendar of riot duties, 1880-1903,
fractional

These records consist of a bound, typescript volume, labeled simply "Texas Volunteer Guard," of unknown provenance, covering 1880-1903. This volume contains two distinct sections.
The first 21 (unnumbered) pages constitute an alphabetical list of companies of the Texas Volunteer Guard, 1880-1900, giving the following information: name of company, regiment, letter of company, captain, years, and a Roman numeral, apparently referring to one of 23 folders at one time housing some file (perhaps the muster rolls) of the Guard.
The second section gives a list of the organizations of the Texas Volunteer Guard (and the Texas National Guard) that were called into active service for the suppression of riots, mobs, or other unlawful acts (June 30, 1894-June 18, 1903 for the Volunteer Guard). The list includes the following information: the date, the name of the company, the city, the captain, the purpose of the service, and the duration. At the end is the notation: "[Source:] Originals in Adjutant General's Papers."
Arrangement
The first section of this volume is arranged alphabetically by company; the second section is arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Index of companies and calendar of riot duties, Texas Volunteer Guard records, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1933/001
The majority of these records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Texas Adjutant General's Department on February 21, 1934.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, February 1987
box folder
401-890 23. Index of companies and calendar of riot duties, 1880-1903