Americus Light Infantry


Compiled by: Alan Anderson



Organized Sept. 16,1881

Co. L, 2nd Inf. Jan 23,1891

Co. L, 4th Inf. Dec. 9,1899

Co. L, 4th Bn. Inf. Dec. 2,1907

Co. I, 2nd Inf. Aug. 1,1912


The key role of the National Guard in protecting Americans in America, seen so vividly in the horror that was New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, reminded me of our own "band of brothers" here. The Guard was formed from various state militias in the Militia Act of 1903. Our local unit, the "Americus Light Infantry," was named for one of the Civil War outfits from Sumter County. It was originally organized Sept. 16,1881. Over the years it was designated as:  Co. L, 2nd Inf. Jan 23,1891; Co. L, 4th Inf. Dec. 9,1899; Co. L, 4th Bn. Inf. Dec. 2,1907; Co. I, 2nd Inf. Aug. 1,1912.

            The following, gentle reader, is a compilation of a series of newspaper accounts of the A.L.I.'s exploits over four decades. They give the discerning reader a taste of the flavor of life in that era. Much, much more of this material is available on our website, Just click on the Military link for the Americus Light Infantry.


            "New Military Company.  Some of the young men of the city, organized a Military Company on Thursday afternoon, to be known as the "Americus Light Infantry," and elected the following gentlemen as officers:  Geo. S. Watts - Captain. Owen D. Burnette - First Lieutenant. Jas. A. Davenport - Second Lieutenant. Joe P. Davenport - Second Lieutenant, jr. W.W. Hooks - First Sergeant. Gus Hawkins - Second Sergeant. D.F. Davenport - Third Sergeant. J.L. Hyatt - Fourth Sergeant. W.A. Hawkins - First Corporal. Joe Reischman - Second Corporal. Barney Haynes - Third Corporal. Arthur Bivins - Fourth Corporal. Tom Stallings - Sergeant at Arms. Jno. Wheatley - Ensign. Dr. J.A. Fort - Surgeon."  Weekly Sumter Republican June 10,1881


            "Election.  At the election for officers of the Americus Light Infantry, Mr. O.D. Burnette was elected First Lieutenant, J.P. Davenport, Second, and Augustus L. Hawkins, Junior Second."  Weekly Sumter Republican Sept. 30,1881


            "Off for the Springs.  On last Monday afternoon, the Americus Light Infantry, under command of Captain O.D. Burnette, took the train for Indian Springs, where they will remain until next Friday. Below we give a list of the names of those who went:  Capt. O.D. Burnette, Lieut. Frank Jossey, Lieut. A.L. Hawkins, Sergt. J.W. Wheatley, Jr., Sergt. J.L. Hyatt, Sergt. W.M. Jones, Sergt. H.C. Bagley, Corporal S.B. Stanfield, Quartermaster R.S. Head, Webster Bagley, Willis A. Hawkins, Jr., Hugh Brown, W.B. Brown, H.J. Guerry, J.T. Munford, W.E. Perkins, Merrick Ford, S.B. Hawkins, Jr., J.W. Furlow, J.W. Brady. Along with this company went Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Clay, Mrs. John W. Wheatley, Jr., and Mrs. D.W. Bagley, Messrs. Willie Hawkes and P.H. Williams. The Telegraph and Messenger of Tuesday notes the arrival of the party in Macon, where they were received by the military and citizens of that city with open arms."  Weekly Sumter Republican July 28,1882


            "The Military Meeting.  On Friday night last the young men who are interested in organizing a military company, met at the council chamber. There was a large attendance and a very interesting meeting. Following are the non-commissioned officers elected:  1st Sergeant W.L. Mardre. 2d Sergeant M.S. Harper. 3d Sergeant S.B. Stanfield. 4th Sergeant H.C. Davis. 5th Sergeant J.T. Stallings. 1st Corporal J.E. Clarke. 2d Corporal W.H.C. Dudley, Jr. 3d Corporal T.R. Slappey. 4th Corporal E.A. Hawkins, Jr. 5th Corporal W.C. Carter. Quartermaster J.W. Shiver. Ensign J.M. Jackson. Surgeon Dr. A.B. Hinkle. Secretary J.E. Clarke. Treasurer C.W. Littlejohn.

            An election for the commissioned officers will be held as soon as ordered by Governor Gordon. We understand that they have been selected already.

            We are glad that the young men are thoroughly aroused to the importance of a first-class company, and all that is now needed is the cooperation of the business men. They can materially assist in bringing this company up to a standard second to none, and that in a simple way - by allowing the employees to attend the meetings and drills. In a measure it remains with them whether we will have a company or not. Which shall it be?"  Daily Americus Recorder Nov. 10,1889


            "The Americus Light Infantry. The Roster of Officers and Privates.  Following is given the roster of officers and active members of the Americus Light Infantry. There are still several gentlemen who will be enrolled, but the list as given is complete up to last night:  Captain H.C. Bagley, First Lieutenant C.C. Clay, Second Lieutenant W.M. Jones, Second Jr. Lieut. M.S. Harper, First Sergeant W.L. Mardre, Second Sergeant Tom Stallings, Third Sergeant H.C. Davis, Fourth Sergeant C.W. Lamar, Fifth Sergeant F.A. Hooper, First Corporal Frank Lanier, Second Corporal E.P. Harris, Third Corporal W.C. Carter, Fourth Corporal Tim Allen, Quartermaster Sergt. J.W. Shiver, Drummer T.M. Mims, Surgeon A.B. Hinkle. Privates W.J. Joiner, S.B. Stanfield, J.E. Clark, C.E. Van Riper, J.M. Jackson, Tom Guice, W.H.C. Dudley, Jr., L.C. Bell, O.L. Dixon, R.L. McLeod, B.H. Jossey, T.F. Gatewood, E.C. Parker, Geo. D. Wheatley, Julius Stanfield, G.O. Loving, Geo. A. Davis, J.A. Hixon, F.W. Smith, R.A. Hogue, G.M. Dudley, M.B. Campbell, E.A. Hawkins, Jr., G.J. Winkler, H.G. Stanfield, J.W. Walters, J.M. Edwards, Jr., A. T. Gardner, O.W. Lewis, John L. Harper."  Daily Americus Recorder Feb. 25,1890


            "THE STATE ENCAMPMENT. The Gallant Light Infantry to Leave Tomorrow. Those Who Will Go.  The Americus Light Infantry, about forty strong, leave on a special military train at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning for Augusta, to enter the state encampment.

            The boys are enthusiastic over the proposed trip, and every night for a week or more the tramp, tramp, tramp of splendidly uniformed soldiers has awakened the quiet stillness of the night, as the company drilled in preparation for the trip.

            The jaunty fatigue uniforms for the company were received yesterday, and the boys appeared in these for the first time at the drill last night. It is the regulation army uniform and is both pretty and durable. These will be worn on the trip tomorrow while the beautiful new company uniform will be taken along for full dress occasions.

            The special train bearing the military from Middle and Southwest Georgia will reach Augusta at five o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Immediately upon arrival the several companies will march out to Camp Richmond, where accommodations have been prepared for them.

            The boys will remain in camp a week, during which time they will learn a great deal about the life and duties of soldiers. Tents have been provided by the state authorities for the visiting troops, and each individual member is allowed sixty cents a day for board.

            Corporal J.E. Mathis, of the Light Infantry, left this morning for Augusta for the purpose of making arrangements for his company. He will get everything ready for their coming and the boys will "mess it"  in true soldier style during their stay.

            The following is a list of the officers and men who will go. This list was complete up to midnight, though others of the company may decide today to go along:  Captain H.C. Bagley, First Lieutenant C.C. Clay, Second Lieutenant W.M. Jones, Third Lieutenant M.S. Harper, Orderly Sergeant W.L. Mardre, Second Sergeant J.T. Stallings, Third Sergeant H.C. Davis, Fourth Sergeant C.W. Lamar, First Corporal J.E. Mathis, Second Corporal W.C. Carter, Third Corporal Tim Allen, Fourth Corporal E.P. Harris, Ensign J.W. Walters, Quartermaster J.W. Shiver, Surgeon Dr. A.B. Hinkle, Privates J.A. Hixon, T.F. Gatewood, J.E. Clark, W.H.C. Dudley, Jr., G.M. Dudley, Geo. A. Davis, O.L. Dixon, B.O. Fussell, Lynn Fort, Thos. Guice, R.A. Hogue, B.H. Jossey, W.J. Joiner, O.W. Lewis, R.L. McLeod, Crawford Maxwell, E.C. Parker, H.G. Stanfield, Chas. E. Van Riper, G.J. Winkler, E.H. Cutts, Welborn Clark, Hood Hitt."  Daily Americus Times June 14,1890


            "Election of Officers.  The members of the Americus Light Infantry met in their armory last night to elect officers for the following year. The following was the result:  Captain, H.C. Bagley; First Lieutenant M.S. Harper; Second Lieutenant, C.C. Clay; Junior Second Lieutenant, W. Little Madre; First Sergeant, J.E. Mathis; Second Sergeant, J.T. Stallings; Third Sergeant, H.C. Davis; Fourth Sergeant, Frank A. Hooper; Fifth Sergeant, W.F. Clarke; First Corporal, Tim Allen; Second Corporal, W.C. Carter; Third Corporal, W.T. Lane; Fourth Corporal, Lynn Fort; Quartermaster, John W. Shiver; Color Bearer, H.G. Stanfield; Treasurer, Chas. W. Van Riper; Attorney, J.A. Hixon; Surgeon, Dr. A.B. Hinkle; Chaplain, Rev. A.B. Campbell.

            The company seems to have taken a new lease on life. The boys are enthusiastic, and great things are expected in the future."  Daily Americus Times Feb. 21,1891


            "THE SOLDIER BOYS. A SPECIAL SERMON TO BE PREACHED THEM TONIGHT. Tomorrow they Leave for Chickamauga to Spend a Week in Camp. The Roster of the Company. Something of the Trip. God Speed Them.  Tomorrow the Americus Light Infantry will leave for the encampment at Chickamauga.

            The boys are highly elated over the week of soldier's life that they are to spend among the mountains of north Georgia, and for weeks past the encampment has been the chief subject of their discussions and the theme of their thoughts. They have been doing some good drilling getting ready for the week of camp work and it is safe to say that Capt. Bagley and his gallant (command) will well represent Americus.

            With almost its full strength the company will go to Chickamauga and when the boys appear on the field in their neat regulation fatigue uniforms they will present a striking appearance, but clad in their natty dress uniforms of blue and gold, and showy white helmets, they will captivate the ladies who chance to be inside the lines of Camp Chickamauga.

            The following is the roster of the company. Most of those named will be in ranks at the encampment.

            Capt. H.C. Bagley, First Lieut. M.S. Harper, Second Lieut. W.F. Clarke, Second Junior Lieut. J.E. Mathis, First Sergeant Lynn Fort, Second Sergeant J.T. Stallings, Third Sergeant H.C. Davis, Fourth Sergeant F.A. Hooper, Fifth Sergeant E.P. Harris, Ensign H.G. Stanfield, Quartermaster J.W. Shiver, First Corporal W.T. Allen, Second Corporal W.C. Carter, Third Corporal R.L. Maynard, Fourth Corporal Chas. Graham, Secretary C.O. Niles, Treasurer C.E. Van Riper, Surgeon A.B. Hinkle, Chaplain A.B. Campbell, Attorney J.A. Hixon.

            Privates A.B. Battle, Jno. P. Butts, Walter Crisp, T.W. Callaway, C.K. Chapman, W.H.C. Dudley, Jr., J.W. Furlow, J.B. Fitzgerald, B.O. Fussell, Tom Guice, J.W. Hightower, H. Ed Haynes, Terry Hinkle, W.J. Joiner, O.W. Lewis, W.T. Lane, Horace Lanier, Will Morgan, J.L. Mardre, E.C. Parker, O.P. Reviere, E.C. Speer, S.B. Stanfield, Howell Simmons, A.S. Thompson and Jas. Taylor.

            Dr. A.B. Campbell is the chaplain of the company, and he will accompany the boys to the encampment, where he will spend most of the week with them.

            Before leaving he will give them some good advice and to that end he will preach them a special sermon at the Baptist tabernacle tonight. This sermon will also be of interest to those who are not members of the company, and all who feel so inclined are invited to be present. The services will commence at 8:15. Dr. Campbell will take his text from the fifth verse of the twentieth psalm:  "In the name of our God we will set up our banners."

            Dr. Campbell is well known as a preacher and that his sermon will be a pointed and highly interesting one goes without saying. One of the special features of the sermon will be the choir's work. Mr. C.D. McCardel, of Macon, will lend his splendid bass voice for the occasion, and will sing an appropriate solo.

            The Americus Light Infantry will attend the service in full uniform, and the members will occupy seats specially reserved for them. The time selected for this sermon is quite appropriate and the boys will no doubt think of it often while they are on Chickamauga's tented fields.

            Tomorrow morning those of the company's members who are going to the encampment will be up with the sun, polishing their guns and bayonets, dusting and packing away their dress uniforms, making ready their grips and doing the thousand and one things that must be done before they leave for Chickamauga. At 2:35 o'clock tomorrow afternoon the company will bid goodbye to Americus for a week.

            They will have a lay over of several hours in Macon, at the end of which they will board a special train which will carry them and the other companies of the Second Georgia Regiment, with a single exception, through to Chickamauga without change. They will arrive at their destination early Tuesday morning, and will have several hours in which to get firmly established in their quarters before the camp is formally opened, which will be done at 12 o'clock on that day.

            Col. C.M. Wiley of the Second regiment with his staff, Lieutenant Colonel E.D. Huguenin, Major R.N. Holtzclaw and Adjutant John F. Ross, will be in charge of the camp during this week. Just now The Times-Recorder will command awhile:  Attention, Americus Light Infantry! Left face! In behalf of the Americus people The Times-Recorder wishes you God speed and a pleasant and profitable trip. Right forward, four nights to Chickamauga; March!"  Daily Times-Recorder June 21,1891


            LINKS to photographs of the Americus Light Infantry, Company "I", 2nd Infantry, GA MILITIA, encamped at Camp Chickamauga GA June 1891 :  Americus Light Infantry Co "I" 2nd Infantry GA Militia, Non-Commissioned Officers, 2nd Lieut James Mathis


            'The A.L.I. Election.  Last evening the Americus Light Infantry had their annual election of officers. All the commissioned officers were re-elected. Following is the complete list of officers, commissioned and non-commissioned, as they will stand when President Harrison calls for volunteers:  Captain H.C. Bagley, First Lieutenant M.S. Harper, Second Lieutenant W.F. Clarke, Junior Second Lieutenant J.E. Mathis, Orderly Sergeant J.T. Stallings, Second Sergeant F.A. Hooper, Third Sergeant H.C. Davis, Fourth Sergeant C.E. Van Riper, Fifth Sergeant Tim Allen, First Corporal C.J. Graham, Second Corporal T.W. Callaway, Third Corporal C.K. Chapman, Fourth Corporal J.B. Fitzgerald, Quartermaster Sergeant J.W. Shiver, Ensign Will Glover, Chaplain Dr. A.B. Campbell, Surgeon Dr. J.H. Benyon, Treasurer A.S. Thompson, Secretary C.O. Niles.

            In view of the early coming of Lieut. Satterlee to inspect this troop, a great deal of interest was manifested by the members, and when the inspector arrives, as he will do shortly , he will find the A.L.I. in as good trim as any command in Georgia."  Daily Times-Recorder Jan. 20,1892


            "CAPTAIN HARPER. That's the Way It Reads Now-A-Days. The Americus Light Infantry Elect Him Commanding Officer Last Night. Mr. W.F. Clarke Becomes First Lieutenant. Other Newly Elected Officers.  The Americus Light Infantry met last night to elect H.C. Bagley's successor.

            There was a full attendance and the election passed off quietly. The utmost harmony prevailed and no friction was apparent at any time. Lieutenant M.S. Harper was nominated for the captaincy and elected without opposition.

            The other officers elected were:  W.F. Clarke, 1st Lieutenant; J.E. Mathis, 2nd Lieutenant; H.C. Davis, 3rd Lieutenant; J.T. Stallings, 1st Sergeant; F.A. Hooper, 2nd Sergeant; C.E. Van Riper, 3rd Sergeant; Tim Allen, 4th Sergeant; C.J. Graham, 5th Sergeant; T.W. Callaway, 1st Corporal; A.B. Battle, 2nd Corporal; C.K. Chapman, 3rd Corporal; J.R.L. Smith, 4th Corporal.

            Mr. M.S. Harper who is now the commanding officer of the company, is a very popular young man, and is well qualified in every respect, to discharge efficiently and satisfactorily the duties of the important office to which he has been elected. There is no doubt but that under his command, the A.L.I. will retain their present high rank among the militia of Georgia, and continue to improve in discipline and skill.

            The company at present is in a remarkably healthy condition, and its ranks are being augmented every week by the enlistment of new members.

            The drill team are getting in fine shape, and will make an admirable showing when they give their public exhibition.

            If nothing happens, and it isn't probable that anything will, the Americus boys will cause some of the crack companies at the Griffin encampment to turn "green" with envy."  Times-Recorder Mar. 17,1892


            "LIEUT. W.F. CLARKE. Nominated as Captain Harper's Successor. Mr. H.C. Davis Will Become First Lieutenant. Some of the Other Newly Elected Officers of the Americus Light Infantry. Rapid Promotion.  Promotion has been rapid recently with the officers of the Americus Light Infantry.

            Last night the company was called upon for the second time within two weeks to elect a captain. About three weeks ago Capt. H.C. Bagley resigned. Lieutenant Harper was elected to succeed him. A few weeks ago (sic) the latter tendered his resignation, and another general election was in order.

            The meeting last night was for the purpose of nominating the commissioned and electing the non-commissioned officers. A nomination is, of course, however, equivalent to an election.

            Judge W.F. Clarke and Prof. J.E. Mathis were both nominated for the position of commanding officer, as they were both nominated for the first lieutenancy last week. Judge Clarke was again the successful contestant.

            There is no doubt but that Judge Clarke will accept the honor which the members of the company have expressed a desire to confer upon him. Nor is there doubt as to his discharging his duties as captain with credit alike to himself and the A.L.I.

            The other officers nominated and elected were:  1st Lieutenant H.C. Davis; Senior 2nd Lieutenant J.E. Mathis; Junior 2nd Lieutenant F.A. Hooper; Orderly Sergeant J.T. Stallings; 2nd Sergeant C.E. Van Riper; 3rd Sergeant C.J. Graham; 4th Sergeant Tim Allen; 5th Sergeant T.W. Callaway; 1st Corporal A.B. Battle; 2nd Corporal C.K. Chapman; 3rd Corporal J.R.L. Smith; 4th Corporal Will Dudley, Jr."  Daily Times-Recorder Mar. 24,1892


            "OFF TO THE WAR. The A.L.I. Boys Leave Monday Night. They Will Have a Special Sleeper and Baggage Car. A List of Those Who Are Going. And of the Companies Who Camp With Them.  Tomorrow night the Americus Light Infantry leave for Camp Northern. They're off to the war, and for a week will be drilled in matters pertaining to the science of combat.

            The officers of the company have been hard at work getting everything in shape, and now almost everything is in readiness for the departure.

            Tomorrow night at 8 o'clock the members will meet at the armory, and the captain will proceed to drill them for an hour or two. Then the company will be marched to the Central depot and the members will go aboard a special sleeper.

            Military rule will reign then, and the boys will be under guard. Before 4 o'clock Tuesday morning the sleeper will be on its way to Griffin, and before 10 o'clock Tuesday morning the company will be in camp.

            Here is a roster of those who are going:  W.F. Clarke, captain; H.C. Davis, first lieutenant; F.A. Hooper, second lieutenant; J.R.L. Smith, second lieutenant; C.E. Van Riper, first sergeant; C.J. Graham, second sergeant; A.B. Battle, fifth sergeant; C.K. Chapman, first corporal; H.G. Stanfield, second corporal; W.H.C. Dudley, Jr., third corporal; J.P. Butts, fourth corporal; John W. Shiver, quartermaster; J.H. Beynon, surgeon. Privates, J.A. Hixon, A.S. Thompson, W.K. Wheatley, W.I. Harrold, L.B. Smith, H.E. Haynes, J.B. Fitzgerald, W.T. Lane, Jesse Pope, W.G. Turpin, Guerry Adderton, Robert Hogue, O.W. Lewis, Will Morgan, R.H. Saville, Henry Johnson, Zach Childers, Hugh Bond, DeVerger (sic) (Charles H. Debarger ?),

J.L. Carmar, J.E. Chapman, Tom Guice, Granberry Parker, Joel Hightower.

            The company is in the second regiment under Col. C.M. Wiley and is part of the third battalion.

            Here is the way they go into camp next week:  1st Battalion - Major J.N. Holtzclaw, commanding. Company E, Putnam Rifles; Company H, Baldwin Blues; Company G, Columbus Guards; Company K, Quitman Guards. 2nd Battalion - Capt. J.L. Hardeman, commanding. Company C., Floyd Rifles; Company B, Macon Volunteers; Company F, Southern Cadets; Company A, Macon Light Infantry. 3rd Battalion - Capt. W.C. Davis, commanding. Company I, Perry Rifles; Company L, Americus Light Infantry; Company D, Spalding Greys; Company M, Eastman Volunteers."  Daily Times-Recorder June 5,1892  (ed. note:  Next day's roster omitted Pvts. J.E. Chapman and Joel Hightower but added Pvts. Arthur Williford and Will Mason)


            "Election of New Officers.  Pursuant to an order from Col. C.M. Wiley, colonel commanding the Fourth Georgia Regiment of Volunteers, an election was held at the armory of the Americus Light Infantry last night for the purpose of filling vacancies caused by the resignation of Capt. W.F. Clarke and Second Lieutenant J.R.L. Smith.

            The election was presided over by Judge W.B.F. Oliver, J.P., and was held in strict conformity to the law governing such elections. The balloting began at 8:30 and ended two hours later, resulting in the election of Charles E. Van Riper as Captain and Charles J. Graham second lieutenant, each receiving the solid vote cast.

            Both are very popular among members of their company, and will fill with great credit the positions to which they have been elected. They will go to Macon shortly to stand a rigid examination before the state board, after which their commissions will be issued. Twenty-two new members enlisted with the company last week, and the A.L.I. is in a better condition at present than it has been in many years."

            "Return the Uniforms. Those members of the Americus Light Infantry who did not re-enlist, and who have uniforms belonging to the company, are requested to send them to the armory without delay in order that new members may have them. Much trouble will be saved the officers if this request is complied with."  Daily Times-Recorder May 9,1893


            "OFF TO THE SEASHORE.  The Americus Light Infantry left last night for Cumberland Island, where the soldier boys will enjoy the pleasures of camp life for a week or two. Following are the names of those who went on the trip:  Lieut. H.C. Davis, Second Lieut. F.A. Hooper, J.B. Fitzgerald, W.G. Turpin, Jack Britton, Lynn Burt, Frank Harrold, Henry Johnson, Will Clarke, Will Morgan, Kirby Jones, Robert Seville, Fred Crisp, Carr Glover, Howell Elam, C.C. Hawkins, T.B. Hooks and family, Mrs. J.D. Sheppard, C.M. Wheatley, P.L. Holt, Miss Ida Marsh, Miss Mollie Cobb, Miss Cloud, E. Guerry, Clarence Dodson, T. Ford, Rex Carraway, of Lumpkin."  Daily Times-Recorder July 16,1893


            "THE MARCH ON GRIFFIN. The A.L.I. Leaves For The Front Tomorrow. And Will be Among the First Companies to Enter the State Encampment. The Company Will Go Thirty Strong Tomorrow Morning.  The Second Georgia Regiment, to which is attached the Americus Light Infantry, will enter the State encampment at Griffin tomorrow morning and will remain ten days.

            For weeks past the Light Infantry has been drilling hard for the encampment, and the soldier boys feel confident that few of the younger companies there will excel them in the tactics. The military spirit has a strong hold upon them, and every member feels an individual pride in the success of his company.

            The Light Infantry will "sleep on their arms" tonight, and tomorrow morning will leave for the front.

            Capt. Van Riper has ordered the men to appear at the armory tonight at 9 o'clock sharp, and will march to the Central depot, where a special car will await them. The company will spend the night in the car, leaving for Griffin at 5:20 a.m. Every member is expected at the armory promptly, with bag and baggage ready.

            Dr. A.B. Campbell, chaplain of the company and a Confederate veteran, will go with the boys to Camp Northern. Col. W.K. Wheatley, commissary of the Second Regiment, will likewise go. Private Will Clark is company commissary, and any invasion upon neighboring hen roosts may be laid at his door.

            Following is the rank and file of the company as it will enter the encampment:  Capt. C.E. Van Riper, First Lieut. H.C. Davis, Second Lieut. F.A. Hooper, J.S. Britton, J.T. Killen, F. Harrold, L.S. Williams, J.G. Faulk, Emmett Pope, Lynn Burt, John Butts, Lee Hansford, W.E. Clark, E.V. Haynes, Geo. Turpin, Walton Callaway, Will Lanier, Ed and Will Morgan, Murray Johnson, W. Hawins, Frank Burke, J.M. Cawood, Harry Dunn, C. Dodson, Carr Glover, John E. Chapman."  Daily Times-Recorder May 20,1894   


            "INTEREST AROUSED. The Meeting of the A.L.I. Last Night Largely Attended.  A rousing meeting of the Americus Light Infantry was held last night. Much enthusiasm was displayed, and this gallant company will soon be the peer of any in the state's service.

            Mayor Hixon, recently elected an honorary member, made a ringing speech in advocacy of the maintenance of the company on a solid basis.

           Several new enlistments were made, among others Messrs. J.B. Hoyle, John Hamil, W.P. Callaway, T.W. Callaway, L.L. Daugherty, O.M. Physioc, J.C. Roney, Jr., Lynn Burt, Fred Crisp, E.C. Allen.

            Americus must and will stand by her gallant company, and THE TIMES-RECORDER congratulates the soldier boys upon the new interest aroused."  Daily Times-Recorder May 8,1896


            "RAISED FROM THE RANKS. Deserved Promotion Among Members of the Light Infantry.  Recently a number of appointments of non-commissioned officers of the Americus Light Infantry have been made by Col. C.M. Wiley, commanding the Second Regiment, to which this company is attached. The following appointments were made upon recommendation of Captain C.E. Van Riper:  2nd Sergeant A.B. Battle; 3rd Sgt T.W. Callaway; 4th Sgt Ed Sheffield; 5th Sgt J.R. Hamil; 2nd Corporal H.G. Stanfield; 3rd Corporal W.W. Smith; 4th Corporal John Sheffield. First Sergeant Britton and First Corporal Williams have held their respective offices for several years."  Daily Times-Recorder June 5,1896


            "MERRY AT CAMP NORTHEN. The Soldier Boys Greatly Enjoy Their Stay. And Sandwich the Work With Lots of Fun. The Light Infantry Gets Its Share of Honors. Some of the Duties of Camp Life at Griffin."  The soldier boys are all hard down at work now. The first battalion of the Fourth regiment furnished the guard yesterday, while the first battalion Second regiment furnishes the guard today. Capt. Davis, of the Perry Rifles, is officer of the day. Lieut. H.C. Davis, of the Americus Light Infantry, is officer of the guard.

            The Americus Light Infantry captured all the honors at guard mount yesterday; Sergeant Battle was sergeant of the guard, while Private Furlow was made orderly to Col. Wiley over thirty-five competitors. Our entries for guard duty today is:  Sergeant J.R. Battle, Corporal Whit Smith; Privates G.B. Turpin, J.W. Furlow, Sam Warlick, W.P. Callaway, J.L. Wooten, H. Dodson, Henry Johnson, Lee Hansford, Make Dudley, Ed Gyles, H.W. Pittman.

            Police; Corporal H.G. Stanfield, chief. Privates J. Johnson, J.M. Wimbish, C. Dodson, Howell Simmons, Emory Allen were detailed to hospital corps.

            It would have made one's heart swell with pride this morning to see the detail of the Americus Light Infantry at guard mount. Every man was perfect. The boys were marched out by Sergeant Britton, and Jack is beyond doubt one of the best orderlies in camp.

            Sergeant-Major Haynes acquitted himself very creditably at battalion drill and guard mount this morning.

            Too much cannot be said in praise of our efficient quartermaster, J.W. Shiver. He is "the finest" when it comes to getting something to eat, while Howell Simmons is an artist with a rake and pitchfork loading trash in a wheelbarrow.

            There is no sickness in camps at all this year, and the boys are enjoying themselves to the fullest extent. We would be glad to welcome any of our friends from home who may come to see us. Invite them to come up Sunday morning."  Daily Times-Recorder June 12,1896


            "CAPTAIN DAVIS IN AMERICUS. Members Light Infantry to Enlist. And Go With State Troops to Cuba. Company Has a Meeting Last Night and Great Enthusiasm Prevailed.  Not a few of Americus' gallant soldier boys are ready and anxious to shoulder arms and march under the bright folds of "old glory" to Cuba. Patriotism is at flood tide, and that the men will go there is no doubt.

            Captain W.C. Davis, of the Perry Rifles, arrived yesterday, and during the afternoon was in conference with officers selected to go with the First regiment of state troops. Nearly all of his company, the Perry Rifles, have volunteered, and he wanted a number from the Americus Light Infantry, to take the place of those who could not now enlist.

            The Light Infantry will not go as a company, though a number of the men are anxious to enlist. To this end a meeting was held last night.

            Upon the first call for volunteers, to serve under the present regimental officers in Cuba, 41 men stepped forward. A call was then made for volunteers to enlist for two years in the regular army, under the call of Governor Atkinson, and to this eleven young soldier boys stepped forward and signed. By request their names are withheld. They will go to the front Thursday.

            The commissary officers are being called to Atlanta to provide for the volunteers, and these will assemble at once."  Daily Times-Recorder May 3,1898


            "HELD ELECTION FOR CAPTAIN. Light Infantry Opens Poll at Armory Last Night.  The Americus Light Infantry held an election last night for captain to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Captain Charles E. Van Riper some time since. The balloting was quite spirited, resulting in the election of Lieut. S.E. Warlick to the vacancy, while Sergt. Childers was elected to fill the place of Lieut. Warlick. Lieut. Britton declined to allow his name to go before the meeting as a candidate for the captaincy."  Daily Times-Recorder May 23,1899


            "TROOPS GO THIS AFTERNOON. LIGHT INFANTRY WILL INVADE GATE CITY. Americus' Gallant Company Will Go Forty Strong to Participate in the Exercises of Military Day. They Will Return Friday.  Americus' gallant soldier boys, the Light Infantry, leave this afternoon for Atlanta to take part in the great military pageant tomorrow. The company will go forty strong, and will be under command of Lieutenant J.R. Britton.

            An enthusiastic meeting was held at the armory last night, and after the usual drill and exercises the men spent an hour or two discussing the trip and completing all details. Uniforms, guns and equipment had to be looked after, but everything is now in readiness for the march upon the capital city. The trip will be a great one and the A.L.I. will acquit itself most creditably.

            The soldier boys go by the Georgia & Alabama Railway at 3 o'clock. Upon arrival at 7:50 tonight they will be given sleeping quarters at the armory of one of the local companies, and as guests of the city will be entertained during the stay there. Returning, the company will leave Atlanta early Friday morning, via Griffin and Columbus, arriving at home by the Georgia & Alabama at 12:34 that day.

            Following are the names of those going to Atlanta with the company:  Lieutenant J.R. Britton, commanding officer; First Sergeant, G.L. Williams; Sergeants, E.L. Guerry and E.A. Shipley; Corporals, David Speer, J.C. Speer, W.O. Shipley; Privates, O.M. Hansford, H.H. Robinson, J.R. Statham, S.T. Carter, Willis Rutland, C.D. Mayo, Joe Howard, W.W. Marsh, Charles A. Smith, Roy L. McKenzie, H.B. Mashburn, T.H. McLendon, J.K. McLendon, James A. Riviere, Vernon Shipley, W.M. Hamilton, Dixon Speer, J.B. Pilsbury, Robert E. McElroy, L.M. Snider, A.C. Cheek, C.G. Brown, W.J. Lawton, R.E. Parker, O.H. Roebuck, Emory Mathis, J.W. Skelton, D.K. Brinson, W.H. Burkhalter, C.L. Cobb, T.F. Callaway."  Daily Times-Recorder Oct. 25,1899


            "COMPANY IN SPLENDID SHAPE. All Vacancies Filled and Many New Enlistments.  With the election of Captain Welborn F. Clarke and Second Lieutenant Z.S. Childers, and the appointment yesterday of C.P. Davis as battalion sergeant major of the Second Georgia Regiment, the Americus Light Infantry is in excellent spirits indeed. This latter appointment was made yesterday and a letter of notification sent Lieut. J.R. Britton, now commanding the company. As stated in the Times-Recorder quite recently, Captain Clarke  will not receive his commission for several weeks yet as he must first stand a rigid examination. This, however, he will do easily, as he has previously held this position in the company, resigning some several years ago. Both Captain Clarke and Second Lieutenant Childers received the unanimous vote cast in the recent election."  Daily Times-Recorder Nov. 2,1899


            "OFFICERS ARE AGAIN ELECTED. Light Infantry Choose Field and Line Last Night.  The election held last night at the armory of the Americus Light Infantry for field and line officers aroused considerable interest among the soldier boys with the result that there was a good attendance and large vote polled. Of course Captain W.F. Clarke and Lieut. J.R. Britton received the solid vote of the company, while Sergeant G.L. Williams was elected Second Lieutenant, an honor very worthily bestowed, he also receiving a unanimous vote. For field officers the votes of the officers of the Americus Light Infantry were given Colonel William E. Wooten, of Albany; Lieut. Colonel Thomas N. Hopkins, of Thomasville. Majors:  Fred W. Clarke, Dawson; Thaddeus J. Morris, Fort Gaines; and Robert L. Wylly, of Valdosta. For line officers 88 votes were cast last night."  Daily Times-Recorder Feb. 2,1900


            "WERE SELECTED AS OFFICERS. Light Infantry Names Sergeants and Corporals.  The following named members of the Light Infantry have been made non-commissioned officers of the company:  First Sergeant, E.L. Guerry. Sergeants:  J.J. Hogue, W.J. Lawton, H.T. Coleman, W.O. Shipley. Quartermaster Sergeant, David Speer. Corporals:  J. Emory Mathis, James A. Riviere, R.E. Parker, W.W. Brunner, Dixon Speer."  Daily Times-Recorder Mar. 8,1900


            "WILL ELECT A FULL LIST OF OFFICERS. Light Infantry To Have a Meeting Monday Night. Company Will Elect Captain. First and Second Lieutenant. Lieut. G.L. Williams is Slated For Place Made Vacant By Death Lamented Captain Clarke.  Under an order from Adjutant General Robertson, the Americus Light Infantry will hold an election on Monday night next for the purpose of filling the vacancy created recently by the death of the company's beloved commander, the lamented Captain W.F. Clarke. And as this will create another vacancy, by promotion, two other officers will be elected as well.

            Lieutenant G.L. Williams will succeed to the position of Captain; Lieut. Allen Fort, Jr. will be elected First Lieutenant and J.J. Hogue Second Lieutenant of the company.

            Several days ago the Light Infantrymen held a "primary election" as it were, when the above mentioned members were chosen for the several vacancies. All have been members of the A.L.I. for years, and as line officers will do all in their power to promote its interests. Several minor vacancies in the list will be filled at a later date.

            Than the Light Infantry, no command of the Fourth Regiment is in finer condition. It has full ranks, and under the command of the late Captain Clarke, one of the best and most popular of officers, it easily ranked with the very best in the service of the state.

            Lieut. Williams, who will succeed to that position, is a capable officer and will keep the company up to its present high standard."  Daily Times-Recorder Jan. 24,1902


            "OFFICERS OF LIGHT INFANTRY. Duly Elected at The Meeting Held Last Night.  It is now Captain G.L. Williams and Lieutenants Fort and Hogue, of the Americus Light Infantry. Such was the action of the company at last night's meeting, when the nominees of the recent "military primary" were duly elected by ballot and are now ready to receive their commissions. All of them have been members of the Light Infantry for a number of years and in future, as in the past, will work to maintain the company's high standing of general excellence. Nearly every member of the company was present last night and a full vote was polled."  Daily Times-Recorder Jan. 28,1902


            "RIFLE RANGE IS NEAR READY. Light Infantry Will Soon Be at the Targets.  The new rifle range of the Americus Light Infantry is fast nearing completion and will be one of the finest "official" target ranges in the South. It is located in Leeton, a mile from the city, and will be perfect in all appointments. The range is 600 yards long, seventy feet in width, and has a battery 32 feet long by 20 feet high. Beneath it is the pit for target managers, and is of ample dimensions. The battery will support two large revolving targets. The Light Infantry is justly proud of its splendid range and expects to have several companies of state troops to shoot here next summer."  Daily Times-Recorder June 21,1902


            "THE BOYS OFF TO CAMP. The Americus Light Infantry And Drum Corps. Present a Fine Appearance. The Boys Enthusiastic in Anticipation of a Pleasant Week.  This morning, at 8:15 o'clock the boys leave for Griffin, where they will be one of the finest companies in camp.

             The company will be between thirty and forty strong, and have been drilling and otherwise perfecting themselves for camp duty for a month. They are one of the best companies in the 4th regiment and when they return they will bring fresh laurels entwined with the others previously won, the whole making a record of which any company may well be proud.

           We commend them and the drum corps to the Griffin people as a party of gentlemen, and we hope the Griffin people, and especially the girls, will like every one of them.

            We publish the roster of the company and drum corps as they left for Camp Northern:  Capt. G.L. Williams, First Lieut. Allen Fort, Second Lieut. Jno. W. Argo, Bat. Sergt. Maj. C.P. Davis, Sgts. J.E.B. McLendon, M.C. Johnson, J.L. Pendley, A.C. Speer; Corp'ls. A.M. Thayer, M.A. Dunn, O.C. Mathews, J.S. Gordy; Privates T.C. Tillman, J.E. Kiker, E.F. Horine, Frank Lester, P.A. Robins, J.J. Edge, V.H. Persons, Robt. White, B.O. Jennings, P.H. Glover, M.F. Graddy, T.H. McLendon, H.G. Bryant, A.B. Weaver, Hollis Fort, J.A. Fort, Mike Redmond, J.C. Johnson, R.H. Horton, A.E. Markette, G.M. Edge, E.D. Gatewood, A.M. Zellner, J.S. Castleberry. And six men from Co. "B," at Valdosta, their company not going.       DRUM CORPS. O.C. Johnson, Drum Major. Henry Witt, Robt. McAfee, Dave Witt, Gordon Brooks, Wallis Mott, Gordon Morgan, Frank Oliver, Jim Cobb, Wallis Argo, Frank Lester, Henry Paramore, Oscar Farmer, W. Ray."  Americus Press June 21,1903


            "LIGHT INFANTRY TO MANASSAS. Members of Americus Company Going There.  In a little more than two weeks now the Americus Light Infantry detail, along with the 1,500 other Georgia troops, will march away to old Manassas, the battlefield made historic during the late Civil War.

            The Light Infantrymen are drilling daily in the tactics required.

            There will be a composite company made up of seventeen men each from the Americus, Dawson and Cuthbert companies. This company will be under command of Capt. H.A. Wilkerson, of the Dawson Guards; Lieut. Allen Fort, of the Light Infantry; Second Lieut. F.G. Barfield of Dawson. The non-commissioned officers are First Sergt. Collins Johnson; Second Sergt. M.A. Dunn; Third Sergt. W.C. Page; First Corp. James Fort; Second Corp. Boyce E. Miller; Third Corp. Victor Persons, of the A.L.I.

            The privates from the Light Infantry going are as follows:  R.R. Bryan, D.S. Bagley, Taylor Fort, E.D. Gatewood, W.W. Hooks, Frank Lester, G.W. Markett, A.W. Marshall, B.A. Richards, H.G. Stanfield, F.R. Stanley, T.C. Tillman. Musician, Henry Witt.

            The grand maneuvers take place September 5th to 10th, and will be witnessed by thousands of spectators, including military attaches from several European countries.

            When the maneuvers are in full blast it is estimated that 25,000 men will be engaged. Of this number 5,000 will be regular soldiers and the remainder state troops. Three great camps will be established.

            On September 11, which will probably be the gala day of the maneuvers, there will be a parade and review of the entire force by President Roosevelt and General Corbin.

            Then there will be sham battles every day between state troops, or state troops and regulars, upon some portion of the great quadrangle, which stretches its length and breadth over 100 miles of territory.

            All told, the government has $1,000,000 ready to spend upon the maneuvers, if such a sum is needed."  Daily Times-Recorder Aug. 19,1904


            "BOYS IN BLUE WILL TAKE IN THE FAIR. Light Infantry Will Parade With Teddy. Company is Going to Atlanta. Will Form a Part of the Military Pageant There Escorting the President. Thirty-five Men of Company L Expect to Attend.  Americus' gallant soldiery, among others of the state troops, will march tomorrow morning in the glittering pageant escorting the nation's chief executive through the gaily decorated streets of Georgia's capital city during his visit there. And the trip will be a memorable one for the boys in blue.

            Thirty-five of the Americus Light Infantry, under command of Captain Allen Fort, will thus form a part of the honorary escort made up of the Georgia troops.

            The Americus military, thirty-four (sic) strong, will leave tonight at 10:30 by the Central, reaching Atlanta at 7 tomorrow morning. Spending the entire day there the soldier boys will leave at midnight for Americus, arriving here at 6 o'clock Saturday morning.

            The following rank and file will make the trip tonight:  Captain Allen Fort, Jr., commanding, 1st Lieut. Walter C. Page, 2nd Lieut. James A. Fort. 1st Sergeant, J.E.B. McLendon; Quartermaster Sergeant, H.G. Stanfield; Sergeants, V.H. Persons, R.R. Bryan, T.C. Tillman, G.E. Brooks. Corporals, Fort, and Castleberry. Privates, Bagley, Bryant, Byrd, Easterlin, Gwynes, Harden, Horne, Hanner, Hudson, Hawkins, Johnson, Lee, McAfee, Purvis, Purvis, Pickens, Pittman, Rylander, Schwabe, Snipes, Salter, Speight, Taylor, Tullis."  Daily Times-Recorder Oct. 19,1905


            "GALLANT COMMAND OF OLD SUMTER. Americus Light Infantry For Seventeen Years a Bulwark of Strength in Preserving Order and Upholding the Law. Annual Inspection on 21st.  The annual inspection of the Americus Light Infantry on 21st inst. by Inspector General Obear and Captain Wheeler of the regular army brings that gallant command into more than usual prominence just now, and much interest, naturally, is felt in the result of this critical review of the troops.

            But the faith of Americus in her splendid company is strong indeed, and while the inspection will be very rigid the belief obtains that the Light Infantry will "pass muster" all right.

            The only danger lies in its lack of numerical strength, and Captain C.E. Van Riper hopes to remedy this deficiency in due time.

            Under the present military regulations the minimum company strength must be forty men. Unfortunately, and for reasons previously set forth, among which is the indisposition of employers to allow their employees to enlist in the service, the Light Infantry strength is reduced to thirty-two men.

            Under the law, there must be eight more enlistments prior to the inspection three weeks hence.  Unless these recruits can be secured the gallant old company, which for a quarter century has been the strong right arm of Americus in upholding the majesty of the law, may be retired from the State's service.

            Captain Van Riper, Lieutenants Fort and McLendon, as well as the men behind the guns, are working with a will to the end of preventing this public calamity, as such it would prove. They are endeavoring to enlist new men and otherwise bring the company up to the required standard.

            On scores of occasions and in time of peril the Light Infantry has stood gallantly in the breach and prevented possible conflict with armed mobs. It has saved men from the hangman's noose in illegal executions, and has prevented riot and bloodshed upon many occasions.

            Can Americus and Sumter county afford the disbandment of this command at any time, and more particularly in these days of impending peril? The Times-Recorder thinks not.

            Many of the men in the rank and file of the company have thus given it their time and labor for years, and are still willing to make personal sacrifice in order to maintain their company prestige. But they need assistance; the moral support of the community as well as additional physical strength.

            A brief review of the company history at this time would not prove uninteresting.

            The Americus Light Infantry had its nucleus in the old Sumter Light Guards, which served gallantly through the Civil War and, at various times afterwards, was reorganized.

            After a checkered career the present command was organized in February 1890, with Capt. H.C. Bagley commanding. The roster at that time, rank and file, included forty-six men.

            The Americus Light Infantry has been in continuous service since that date - seventeen years under command, alternately, of Captains H.C. Bagley, W.F. Clarke, C.E. Van Riper, G.L. Williams and W.C. Page. Recently, Captain Van Riper has again assumed command.

            This position he resigned in 1898 to serve through the Spanish-American war as Captain of Company H, Third Georgia, under Colonels Candler and Berner.

            At the close of hostilities Capt. Van Riper went to Moultrie to reside, but upon returning to Americus a few months ago he was strongly importuned to again command the company and was unanimously elected to the captaincy.

            He is a thorough military man, both tactician and disciplinarian, and possesses the love and entire confidence of his men.

            The company's roster at present is as follows:  C.E. Van Riper, Capt., J.A. Fort, 1st Lieut., J.E.B. McLendon, 2nd Lieut., D.K. Brinson, 1st Sergt. F.R. Stanley, 2nd Sergt. J.I. Hudson, Corporal, R.H. Bryant, G.E. Tillman, Ross Pittman, Asa Pittman, J.A. Fort, E.K. Horne, M.A. Dunn, J.R. Massey, P.H. Summerford, A.W. McAfee, T.C. Tillman, C.B. Burke, J.C. Speer, B.H. Wagnon, E.R. Hawkes, G.L. Doster, P.H. Lee, Taylor Fort, H.G. Tarver, E. Nahoun, J. Nahoun, E.J. Schroeder, W.F. Oliver, J.C. Bass, J.W. Copeland.

            There is every reason why citizens of Americus should rally to the support of the Light Infantry at this critical time. Americus and this section of Georgia demand the protection of a military company and if this one should be disbanded it would be may years ere another could be organized.

            Duty and patriotism demand it; the safety and peace of the community demand it. What will the people of Americus do about it?"  Weekly Times-Recorder Mar. 8,1907  


            "MARCH OF INFANTRY LEAVING FOR CAMPS. Americus Company Will Leave Tonight for Fort Screven for Ten Days. Members of the Company Who Will Attend.  The Americus Light Infantry, "Company L," Second Battalion, will leave the city tonight for the annual encampment at Fort Screven, on Tybee Island, where ten days will be spent, along with other commands of the national guard of the State.

            The company, under command of Captain Chas. E. Van Riper, will leave at 9:40 o'clock tonight by the Central Railway, all of the State troops going by that route.

            Following are the names of the Light Infantrymen going:  Capt. Van Riper, Lieut. J.A. Fort, Second Lieut. J.E.B. McLendon, First Sergeant M.A. Dunn, Quartermaster Sergt. H.G. Stanfield. Sergt. Gray Tillman, Sergt. J.I. Hudson, Corporals A.W. McAfee, Asa Pittman, E.J. Schroeder, Ross Pittman, Artificer A.M. Purvis, Buglers C.A. Smith and H.C. Witte. Privates J. McNeal, Holly, Guerry, Boyd, Veates, T. McNeal, Turpin, Edge, Hawkes, Poe, Jeter, Burke, Dupree, Slappey.

            The Americus Company will be joined here tonight by the Albany Guards, and at Macon both commands, with the two Columbus companies, will be carried aboard a special train which is scheduled to reach Savannah early next morning.

            The encampment this year is at a season when a stay upon the island will be enjoyable rather than a hardship, as was the case last year.

            The company will meet at 7 o'clock tonight at the Armory, and will march from there to the train after putting the finishing touches on their equipment. The train will arrive as a special from Albany, carrying the Albany Company, at 9:30 o'clock. The Americus Company is allowed ten minutes to entrain."  Daily Times-Recorder May 15,1908


            "WELCOME IS GIVEN THE FRIENDS OF OLD GUARD. Light Infantry Has Completed 27th Year.  The anniversary celebration of the Light Infantry last evening proved one of the most enjoyable occasions of the season here, and not in all of the twenty-seven years career of the gallant old company has it scored such a social victory. It was a triumph of which the soldier boys are justly proud.

            Assembled at the armory, were hundreds of friends of the Light Infantry who enjoyed the feast of oratory, the flow of music, and the delicious refreshments served.

           The drill hall presented a striking appearance in its floral decorations, while the National Colors added beauty thereto. Palms and ferns gave a pretty effect to the hall, while festoons of bright greens adorned the walls.

            The failure of Col. John C. Coart to appear was a disappointment to the many guests. He was detained at home by the illness of his wife.

            Hon .W.T Lane presided as master of ceremonies and introduced Captain John A. Cobb who in a brief but telling address commended the services of the company in the past and strongly advocated its maintenance.

            Miss Winnie Belle Jossey rendered a very beautiful solo, after which Col. E.A. Nisbet, "the young man eloquent," entertained the assemblage in characteristic manner. Mingled with flights of finished oratory were words of wisdom and timely advice to the end of giving the company a helping hand at all times. Especially did he decry the spirit of some employers who refused to permit employees to join the company. The old guard stood for the common weal, he said, and every citizen should feel interested therein.

            The orchestra of six pieces rendered several selections after which the company, under command of Lieutenant J.E.B. McLendon, gave an exhibition drill. This was highly creditable, and after a half hour's hard work only two men stood in the ranks. These were Sergt. Ross Pittman and Private Taylor, the latter losing out on a "catch" number only.

            Sergt. Stanfield, the "old sergeant," called the role of the company of fifteen years ago, almost amid pathetic silence. Of the fifty-two names called only three responded.

            Delicious refreshments were served when the interesting program had been concluded."  Daily Times-Recorder Sept. 26,1908


            "TRAMP OF INFANTRY IS HEARD ON THE MARCH. Americus Boys in Khaki to Camps.  Thirty-two strong, and under command of Lieut. Murray Dunn, the Americus Light Infantry, Company L, Fourth Battalion, left last night aboard a special train over the Seaboard for Brunswick, going thence by steamer to St. Simons Island for a week's encampment with other commands of the National Guard of Georgia.

            The soldier boys were in fine spirits as their train pulled out last night, anticipating a pleasant stay on the seashore this week.

            Accompanying the Americus troops were the two commands from Columbus, the City Light Guards and Columbus Guards, and a squad from Albany, all making up the Fourth Georgia Battalion.

            Following is a roster of the Americus troops going to encampment:  Lieut. Dunn, Quartermaster Stanfield, Sergeants, G.C. Tillman, Ross Pittman, E.J. Schroeder, C.E. Guerry, G.W. Holly, Corporals J.C. Bass, B.C. Hogue, M.A. Croxton, J.F. Laney, Jesse Jeter, L.V. Veates. Privates A.F. Robinson, P.O. Gregory, E.B. Miller, F.W. Pipkins, R.J. Hogue, E.L. Brown, J.A. Chappell, Jr., Frank B. Merritt, E.H. Miller, E.L. Croxton, H.W. McAfee, H.T. Johnson, Cleveland Harden, J.I. Hudson, Jr., J.P. Pitts, R.L. Rigsby, J.S. Hawkins.

            The soldier boys will reach the island at noon today."  Daily Times-Recorder Aug. 1,1909


            "INFANTRY TO MARCH IN FORCE ON SAVANNAH. Americus Light Infantry to Summer Camp. Troops Will Go Tonight to Fort Screven On Tybee Island.  Forty-eight strong and under command of Captain J.E.B. McLendon, the Americus Light Infantry will leave tonight for Fort Screven, on Tybee's shining sands, where they will attend the annual encampment of Georgia state troops during the period of one week, ending Sunday, June 26th.

            The Americus command will leave tonight at 10:40 o'clock over the Central railway, occupying a special coach thus reserved. At Macon the Americus coach will be attached to a special military train leaving that city early Sunday morning and arriving at Fort Screven at noon. The soldiers will at once spread tents for the week's stay.

            The Americus company will be the best physically at the encampment among the largest, numerically, and the best at the encampment there.

            Following are the names of the officers and men attending:  Captain J.E.B. McLendon, First Lieut. Murray A. Dunn, Sergeants E.J. Schroeder, R. Pittman, C.E. Guerry, J.W. Holley, J.C. Bass and C.P. Davis. Corporals L.V. Veates, B.C. Hogue, J.L. Jeter, M.A. Croxton and R.L. Rigsby. Privates P.L. Alford, J.M. Baggett, W.J. Brooks, D.R. Bostick, E.F. Brown, C.B. Berck, Jno. B. Bryant, C.E. Cook, Jno. H. Chappell, E.L. Croxton, F.H. Chester, W.D. Carroll, W.E. Cheek, W.W. Daniel, C.C. Jones, J.J. Hall, J.S. Hawkins, E.H. Miller, A.E. Myers, H.M. McAfee, M.P. Jones, S.A. Luke,  J.O. Parker, A.M. Perdue, F.W. Perkins, J.D. Edmondson, P.A. Gregory, W.G. Gilbert, W.E. Grady, T.J. Glawson, C.C. Herring, Jno. I. Hudson, G.B. Hays, J.C. Hardin, F.E. Hall, M.T. Johnson, A.H. Jennings, Jno. T. Perkins, W.D. Payne, Ellis Rogers, D.J. Sapp, G.E. Tillman, C.C. Veates, J.Q. Williams.

            The Light Infantry will leave Savannah on Sunday, June 26th, for Americus, arriving here the same evening."  Daily Times-Recorder June 18,1910


            "Henry Stanfield, A Former Sergeant of A.L.I. Tells Traditions Of The Company."  The traditions of every country and every cause are valuable to the people, and no less so are the memories of the old guards of the Americus Light Infantry in view of the active service which the company is now seeing.

            The following address was delivered by Henry Stanfield, of Americus, a former sergeant of the company, on the occasion of the annual meeting of the A.L.I. four years ago. The interesting speech was made by a valuable member of the company. It was: 

            Mr. Toast Master, Comrades, Ladies and Gentlemen:  History at its best is nothing but a true relation of facts. I hope you will bear with me tonight in relating the history of an Infant that was born in 1881 in the old building, now occupied by J.W. Harris as a hardware store.

            This Infant has grown to lusty manhood, and is now 31 years old. At the time this infant was born, gray uniforms, with numerous brass buttons, feather plumes and gold lace were used. Every man paid for his own uniform, the state of Georgia furnishing nothing but an old 50 caliber gun, belt and bayonet. In fact, military in those days was nothing more than a social organization, but in time of need they showed their valor.

            I can remember when the Americus Light Infantry was called on to quell riots in our streets. The negroes in those days were very obstreperous and it was not unusual for the mayor of our town to call on this valiant company to protect the helpless and preserve the peace of our town.

            The first captain for this company, at the time it was organized, the 22nd of September, 1881, was Captain Geo. S. Watts, brother of our valiant old Confederate Veteran, Harrison Watts.

            At one time in the early years of this company they attended Mardi Gras, in New Orleans, with 81 men and 3 officers, and were shown many social courtesies.

            The first encampment that this company had was a private one at Indian Springs, Ga.

            In front of the old Barlow Block in 1882, this beautiful silk flag was given to Captain Joseph Shaffer by Miss Floyd Hollis, the mother of our own Allen Fort.

            The company lived and prospered for about 7 years, and for lack of attendance died a natural death.

            Discipline in those days was a thing unknown. One man was as good as another whether he be officer, or whether he be private.

            At the time of the inauguration of Gov. Atkinson, in Atlanta, this company was well represented by 40 men and 2 officers, who conducted themselves with true military spirit and were a credit to this town, receiving honorable mention in the Atlanta papers.

            The first state encampment was held at Augusta, Ga., in 1890. This company attended with about 65 men and 3 commissioned officers. Their uniforms at this time consisted of a blue swallow tail coat and about 75 brass buttons and gold lace, which were furnished from their own pockets, the state of Georgia not furnishing anything except the old gun they had carried for years.

            About 1889, after the death of the original A.L.I., 150 citizens of Americus met in the Wide-A-Wake Hall and applied to the state of Georgia for a new charter for the A.L.I., which is the present organization. At that time the wealthiest and best men of the town became members and supported the company. Our commissioners that were sent to Atlanta to procure the charter for this company at that time were turned down by the Advisory Board, but after strenuous efforts on their part our application was moved up 42 points and we received the charter.

            At that time the membership initiation fee was $25,000 (sic), which had to be paid the minute he became a member. Our Captain was Henry Clay Bagley, Cliff Clay, Marion Harper and W.M. Jones, Lieutenants. Such men as Judge Hixon, Bob Maynard, Frank Hooper and Welborn Clarke, were among the membership. The membership of the company for 30 years numbers about 1,000 men.

            The next year after the Augusta encampment, the state of Georgia sent this company to Chickamauga encampment. This encampment was a very successful one. Subsequent encampments were attended at Griffin by practically every man, without pay.

            In 1898, when the tocsin (of) war was sounded and our country's flag was in danger, the A.L.I. was among the first to volunteer for service in the field. The number of men with their officers on the first call was 81. Out of this number not a single man refused to step to the front. However, the state of Georgia did not feel the need of their service as a whole at this time. Only 21 men from this company enlisted for Company B, First Georgia Regiment, U.S. Volunteers. At Andersonville the presence of this company has been felt and have been sent there year after year for the past twelve years to preserve the peace.

            Discipline in this company has been of the best, and it has been recognized as one of the best organizations of its kind in the state of Georgia by the highest authorities.

            In closing, I cannot say too much in praise of the present body of officers and men. They both deserve great praise and credit for devoting so much time to keeping this organization in the splendid shape it is in today."  Daily Times-Recorder June 26,1910


            "OFFICERS TAKE CHARGE OF COMPANY. Occasion of Installation Is Interesting. Captain Charles P. Davis, Lieutenants Fort and Hogue the Commissioned Officers. Happy Event Marked the Made Monday Evening. 

            Captain Charles P. Davis, now commanding Company L, the Americus Light Infantry, with Lieutenant Jamie Fort and Second Lieut. B.C. Hogue. Such is the new line of commissioned officers of this gallant band which for more than a quarter century has been the mailed arm of Americus.

            Captain Davis, as stated in the Times-Recorder yesterday morning, assumed command of the Light Infantry Monday night, succeeding retiring Captain Joseph Brown McLendon.

            This "assumption of the sword" was witnessed by a large assemblage of invited friends of the company and was quite felicitous throughout.

            Prior thereto the company went into an election to fill the two lieutenant vacancies and the solid vote was cast for the two thus honored, Lieutenants Fort and Hogue, who gracefully accepted the honors bestowed though unsought by themselves.

            Lieutenants Fort and Hogue. Both officers have had years of experience with the Light Infantry, Lieut. Fort having resigned that position two years ago to take up the practice of law. His return to the place of first lieutenant is most gratifying, as is the election of Second Lieutenant Hogue as well. Both are thoroughly capable officers and will ever guard the every interest of the company.

            Following the election, the company was officially inspected by Major H. Mozler, of Columbus, commanding the battalion to which the Light Infantry is attached. Major Mozler was highly pleased with the proficiency of the men under arms and condition of their guns and equipment. The Light Infantry in this respect, Major Mozler stated, excelled any company in the battalion.

            Oyster Feast is Spread. To the martial strains of the cadets band of the Third District Agicultural College here, under direction of Prof. Witt, the visitors and assembled guests, with the officers and men of the company, filed into the banquet hall, where a delicious menu of oysters and et cetera was enjoyed.

            The festivities were punctuated with interesting addresses, highly laudatory of the Light Infantry, were made by Captain John A. Cobb, Major Mozler, retiring Captain McLendon, Lieutenants Fort and Hogue, and others."  Daily Times-Recorder Feb. 15,1911


            "AMERICUS FORCE ON THE ISLAND FOR WEEK. Light Infantry In Encampment at St. Simon's.  The Americus Light Infantry, according to telegrams received yesterday, arrived safely upon St. Simon's shimmering sands Sunday and are now "at home" to visitors in a field of white tents near the hotel and "where ocean breezes blow." Five companies of troops are there this week, and the soldier boys will make merry, no doubt.

            The Americus Light Infantry, the Columbus Guards, (two companies), the Albany Guards and the Clarke Rifles from Athens are thus in camp on the island for the week.

            There is little work to be done, aside from the daily drills and guard mount, and a royal time will be had.

           The Americus Company carried by far the largest number of men to the state camp and is, in this respect as in others, the banner command of the Second Battalion. Captain Davis' fifty-one men in khaki are as follows:  Captain Charles P. Davis, Lieutenant James Fort, Second Lieut. W.D. Payne, Quartermaster Sergeant Guerry, Sergeants Jeter, Veates, Croxton, Bass. Corporals Myers, Daniel, Rigsby, Chester, Burke, Pipkins, Pouncey. Privates Autry, Bryant, Cheek, Cook, Chappell, Chappell, Gilbert, Glawson, Graddy, Hall, Hall, Hays, Hogue, Jones, Jones, Jones, Johnson, McAfee, McTyler, Medlin, Pitt, Shy, Smith, Williams.

            Second Battalion Band:  Witt, Rainey, Williams, Fussell, Harris, Bazemore, Kiker, Burton, Johnson."  Daily Times-Recorder July 25,1911


            "CAPTAIN FORT IS SOON TO GET COMMISSION. Is Popular With Members of Company.  Having successfully passed the required examination for promotion from a lieutenancy to that of captain, Lieut. James A. Fort will, in a day or two, receive his commission from Gov. Brown as commanding officer of the Americus Light Infantry, to which he was recently elected by the company.

            Captain Fort has really been in command of the Light Infantry for the past month, succeeding thereto upon the resignation of Captain C.P. Davis, who is now upon the state's list of retired officers, upon two-third's pay.

            Captain Fort is both efficient as an officer and popular with his men, and will do excellent work in behalf of the Light Infantry."  Daily Times-Recorder May 4,1912


            "SOLDIER BOYS PREPARED FOR INAUGURATION. WILL LEAVE NEXT SATURDAY. On Trip to Washington Celebration.  The Americus Light Infantry, forty-three strong and under command of Captain James A. Fort, will leave next Saturday for Washington with the Second Regiment, Georgia state troops, to take part in the inauguration ceremonies. The Americus company will be joined at Macon by the Columbus and Albany companies, which are likewise attached to the Second regiment.

            The Georgia troops of the Second will arrive in Washington next Sunday morning and will have quarters at one of the local barracks. The Americus soldier boys expect to return on the following Thursday. The following named officers and privates have declared their intention of going to Washington:  Capt. Jas. A. Fort. First Lieutenant J.E.B. McLendon, Second Lieutenant B.C. Hogue. Sergeants C.E. Guerry, E.L. Croxton, J.C. Bass, R.L. Rigsby, W.W. Daniel, J.C. Pouncey. Corporals J.L. Jeter, H.B. Graddy, V.C. Autry, C.C. Veates, C.C. Jones, Q.W. Graddy. Privates H.A. Williams, L.M. Williams, H.T. Johnson, U.K. McTyier, M.A. Dunn, J.B.G. Darsey, J.W. Marshall, T.T. Cheek, A.T. Cheek, W.E. Cheek, W.C. Cordell, B.C. Cordell, W.J. Lane, A.T. Green, E.O. Glawson, W.H. Chappell, L.G. McElhaney, A.B. Turpin, R.L. McLeod, Jr., B.J. Harris, E.D. Beggs, T.H. Van Landingham, J.E. Worthington, C.T. Buchanan, G.B. Hays."  Daily Times-Recorder Feb. 23, 1913


            "RIFLE RANGE TO SOON BE READY NEAR CITY. Modern Equipment is Being Used on the Range Here, Which Will Be Used By Local Military Company.  The modern five hundred yard target range of the Americus Light Infantry, upon which construction work has been pushed recently, will be completed today and next week the company members will go there for rifle practice, preparatory to the contest which will be engaged in at the annual encampment on St. Simon's Island.

            The Light Infantry range lies immediately next the property of the Country club, and with the changes now being wrought there it will be one of the best in the state, military men say. The grounds are being well drained and otherwise improved. The target lines are set at 200, 300 and 500 yards, and with the installation of a field telephone at each point the men behind the guns can be quickly informed as to the result of the shooting. The telephone system will be installed next week before the regular contest begins. Two or three days will be spent on the firing line. The Light Infantry used this range last summer, and some excellent results were reported.

            Captain James Fort, of the Light Infantry, has been ordered to report for duty as inspecting officer on the Holton range at Macon next week when the military commands of that city will go to the targets for annual practice.

            The Light Infantry members anticipate with great interest the annual encampment of the Second regiment at St. Simon's next month. The local company will attend, as usual, with about forty men under command of Captain Fort and Lieutenants McLendon and Hogue. The soldier boys enjoyed the trip there two years ago. Last year, it will be remembered, the Second Regiment went to the encampment at Oxford Lake, near Anniston, Ala., spending a week or longer there, but the trip to St. Simon's by the sea is a preferable one."  Daily Times-Recorder June 7,1913


            "LIGHT INFANTRY NOW READY FOR THE ENCAMPMENT. ENTIRE COMPANY WILL GO. To Enjoy Outing On St. Simons.  The Americus Light Infantry, Company I, Second Georgia regiment, has perfected all arrangements for the trip this week to St. Simon's Island, and fifty-five strong will march away Thursday to join with other commands of the Second at St. Simon's Island, where the usual vacation of ten days will be spent as soldier boys alone know how.

            In point of numbers the Light Infantry will be one of the largest commands at the state encampment, as fifty-five men is an unusually large number, and reflects the solid status of Company I. Captain James Fort, with Lieutenants J.E.B. McLendon and B.C. Hogue, will be in command. The Americus troops will leave here Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock, going via Valdosta, and will arrive at the island Friday morning. Camp equipage is already provided and packed for the trip.

            The following named officers and privates will enjoy the ten days' outing at St. Simon's:  James A. Fort, captain; J.E.B. McLendon, first lieutenant; B.C. Hogue, second lieutenant. C.E. Guerry, first sergeant; J.C. Bass, E.L. Croxton, W.W. Daniel, sergeant; J.C. Pouncey, quartermaster sergeant. Q.W. Graddy, C.C. Jones, C.C. Veates, corporal. Campbell McDonald and Wilder Smith, musicians. J.E. Chapman, company clerk. James Alderman, E.D. Beggs, C.B. Burke, W.H. Chappell, A.T. Cheek, T.T. Cheek, W.E. Cheek, R.B. Cheek, B.C. Cordell, W.C. Cordell, W.G. Crapps, O.R. Daniel, J.B.G. Darcey, M.A. Dunn, J.T. Feagin, E.O. Glawson, A.T. Green, J.H. Gwynes, B.L. Harris, B.E. Harrison, G.B. Hays, E.L. Hollis, C.A. Johnson, H.T. Johnson, W.J. Lane, J.H. Marshall, R.L. McLeod, U.K. McTyier, L.G. McElhenney, Harold Price, C.N. Petty, T.A.B. Skinner, Millard Shy, F.E. Smith, H.G. Tarver, B.A. Turpin, L.H. Van Landingham, L.V. Veates, H.A. Williams, L.M. Williams, J.E. Worthington.

            While in camp the Light Infantry will be very glad to entertain as their guests at dinner any Americus people who may visit the island at that time, and will thus show them the manner in which the soldier boys live while upon such outing."  Daily Times-Recorder July 13,1913


            "LIGHT INFANTRY IS MARCHING ON THIS MORNING TO ENCAMPMENT. The Americus Light Infantry Off Last Night To The Annual State Encampment At Augusta. Company In Splendid Condition And The Soldier Boys Anticipate A Delightful Trip. Several Regiments Of Khaki-Clad Troops Will Crowd The Augusta Sandhills During The Ten Days' Encampment.  "Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys are marching," not to grim-visage war with the Mexican "greasers," but to the annual state encampment at Augusta. The Americus Light Infantry, forty strong and under command of Captain James Fort, Lieutenants J.E.B. McLendon and B.C. Hogue, marched proudly away last night at 10:40 o'clock, and early this morning will pitch their tents upon "The Sandhills," Augusta's prettiest suburb.

            No other state encampment has been anticipated with keener interest by the Americus troops than this one, and the week spent in camp there will be replete with interest for all of the boys in khaki.

            Here is the roster of the A.L.I. going last night to Augusta:  Capt. J.A. Fort, First Lieut. J.E.B. McLendon, Second Lieut. B.C. Hogue. First Sergeant C.E. Guerry; Sergeants E.L. Croxton, M.A. Dunn, C.C. Veates, R.L. McLeod; Quartermaster Sergeant E.T. Murray. Corporals W.H. Chappell, C.C. Jones, Jim M. Gwynes, A.B. Turpin; Musician D.W. Parker. Privates J.C. Pouncey, E.D. Beggs, Jas. Alderman, R.B. Cheek, W.G. Crapps, J.C. Bass, M.E. Shy, Wm. A. Hart, T.W. Stewart, L.H. Chapman, Dave Lane, Bruce Clark, L.L. Hart, J.G. Osborne, H.S. Kelly, R.L. Edwards, W.C. Sullivan, Jr., C.A. Johnson, P.L. Alford, H.K. McMath, J.L. Murphy, T.J. Glawson, Ben H. Hawkins, W.A. Brown, Russell Speer, H.D. Schneider, Russell L. Boone, Leonard Tinsley, Frank Mayo, D.S. Mayo, H.T. Smith, Charlie W. Yeomans, Hines Hammond, Allen W. Green, Thos. A. Terry, Geo. B. Hays, Robt. Lee McMath.

            The Second regiment, to which the Light Infantry is connected, will be joined at camp by the other two infantry regiments of the state and the unassigned battalion under the command of Major Hunter, giving Georgia more than a full brigade at the maneuvers, a larger delegation than she has been able to muster for some time. All the Georgia troops will be under the command of Brigadier General Walter G. Harris, of Macon, who succeeded General Clifford L. Anderson, retired.

            Because of the trouble in Mexico and in Colorado, few regulars are available for duty at the joint maneuvers and for this reason much of the preliminary work done in the past by them will fall to the lot of the guardsmen this year. Because of this fact detachments to do such preliminary work have already been sent from each organization."  Daily Times-Recorder July 22, 1914


            "AMERICUS LIGHT INFANTRY TO GIVE "POSSUM" SUPPER.  The Americus Light Infantry will enjoy "possum and 'taters" tonight at the armory celebrating a successful firing season which has just closed. The firing season begins on April 1st of each year and closes on October 31. The United States government has recently constructed a range for the Americus Light Infantry at a cost of about $1,500. The work was completed about the 1st of October and the company had only thirty days in which to fire. During the last thirty days forty men have qualified as marksmen or better.

            The sole purpose of rifle training for the soldier is to make him a good shot under war conditions. The soldier should be so trained at known distances in the various kinds of fire employed in actual service as to bring his skill as a rifleman up to the capabilities of his weapon.

            In known distance firing the qualification course is divided into instruction practice and record practice. Before a man is eligible to fire the record practice he must have made at least 60 percent of a possible score at 200 yards, rapid and slow fire, at 300 yards rapid and slow fire and at 500 yards slow fire. After having completed the instruction practice the man is advanced to record practice, and is graded according to his ability to shoot accurately.

            To qualify as marksman a man must make at least 160 out of a possible 250; as sharpshooter he must make at least 190 out of a possible 250; as an expert rifleman he must make at least 210 out of a possible 250. Fifty shots are fired in the record practice at 200 yards, slow fire; at 300 yards, rapid and slow fire; at 500 yards, slow fire and at 600 yards slow fire.

            The following insignia will be issued riflemen: To marksmen, a marksman's pin, bronze; to sharpshooters, a sharpshooter's badge, bronze; to expert (riflemen a) rifleman's badge, bronze.

            The following men have qualified as marksmen or better:  Expert Riflemen. W.G. Crapps 229, Q.M. Sergt. E.T. Murray 228, Sergt. E.L. Croxton 224, J.C. Bass 214, W.A. Brown 214, Dave Lane 214, Capt. Fort 212, First Sergt. C.E. Guerry 212, B.H. Hawkins 212, Sergt. C.C. Veates 210, Sergt. R.L. McLeod, Jr. 210. Sharpshooters. Lieut. McLendon 208, James Alderman 207, T.W. Stewart 201, R.L. Edwards 201, Russell Boone 200, W.C. Sullivan, Jr. 198; H.L. Chapman  196, Corporal C.C. Jones 195, L.L. Hart 195, H.K. McMath 195, Frank Mayo 193, Corporal J.H. Gwynes 192, W.T. Tinsley 192, W.A. Green 191. Marksmen. Sergt. M.A. Dunn 187, P.L. Alford 185, M.E. Shy 185, C.W. Yeomans 181, D.S. Mayo 181, J.C. Pouncey 177, Corporal A.B. Turpin 176, W.A. Hart 170, G.B. Hays 168, T.A. Terry 168, Lieut. Hogue 167, B.H. Clark 165, Russell Speer 164, F.C. Hudson 162, Corporal W.H. Chappell 161. First Class Men. Hines Hammond 171 (sic), R.B. Cheek 157, H.S. Kelly 150. Second Class Men. H.T. Smith 133, Unqualified men 11.

            During the past month the Light Infantry has been given very careful and effective training by Sergt. Sullinger, U.S.A., detached from Ft. McPherson especially to drill the local company, and the wonderful improvement evidenced is largely due to his painstaking care and efficiency."  Daily Times-Recorder Nov. 2,1914


            "SOLDIER BOYS GO ON ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP. A.L.I. WILL SPEND WEEK AT RIFLE RANGE ENJOYING CAMP LIFE. U.S. OFFICER WILL INSTRUCT THEM IN TARGET PRACTICE. Crack Company Will Take Annual Outing, Despite Fact That State Encampment For the Year Will Not Be Held.  Americus will be protected from any advancing enemy next week by the crack local military company, the A.L.I. The soldier boys, fifty strong, will be encamped out the Lee street road at their rifle range, for the week.

            The encampment is not the result of any order to be on the lookout for any advancing enemy, but the determination of the locals to have their annual outing despite the fact that (the) state will not hold (its) annual encampment.

            Everything is ready for the boys to leave the city Monday morning. Captain Fort has everything arranged and the fifty men that will go to the camp are expecting a good time. Quartermaster Sergeant Murray has been busy all the week purchasing supplies and the boys have visions of feasts galore.

            The members of the A.L.I. will take this opportunity to practice up on their target shooting. Uncle Sam has loaned them a U.S. army officer to instruct them during the week.

            The rifle range owned by the A.L.I. is a regulation range and was constructed by Uncle Sam at a cost of $1,800. The boys are justly proud of their range and the efficiency of the company with the rifle attests the popularity of target practice.

            While the boys expect to put the week in working hard, drilling and at target practice, still there will be plenty of time for social stunts that will be arranged later. All work and no play makes a dull soldier boy, and the A.L.I.  is planning to pull several entertainments for their fair sponsors.

            The roster of the A.L.I. includes the following men:  Capt. J.A. Fort. 1st Lieut. J.E.B. McLendon. 2nd Lieut. B.C. Hogue. 1st Sergeant C.E. Guerry, Quartermaster Sergeant E.T. Murray, Sergeants E.L. Croxton, M.A. Dunn, C.C. Veates, R.L. McLeod, Jr. Corporals:  J.C. Bass, W.H. Chappell, J.C. Pouncey, B.H. Hawkins, C.C. Jones, James Alderman. Musicians, H.C. Smith, H.B. Clark. Privates:  W.A. Hart, T.W. Stewart, L.H. Chapman, L.L. Hart, H.S. Kelley, R.L. Edwards, W.C. Sullivan, Jr., H.K. McMath, J.L. Murphy, T.J. Glawson, W.A. Brown, Russell Speer, H.D. Schneider, Russell Boone, C.H. Johnson, L.T. Tinsley, F. Mayo, D.S. Mayo, C.W. Yeomans, J.H. Hammond, W.A. Green, T.A. Terry, M.C. Wheatley, G.B. Hays, F.C. Hudson, C.J. Carlton, M.M. Howell, J.M. Lee, L.H. Brooks, A.C. Holley, J.S. Courtney, F.H. Speer, J.P. Gartner, Roach Brooks, K.M. McDonald, A.B. Turpin, P.L. Alford, S.E. Rouse, G.W. Brinkley, C.G. Chapman, E.G. Durham, T.T. Cheek, W.G. Crapps, J.G. Osborne, D.W. Parker, E.D. Beggs, R.B. Cheek, L.W. Weeks." (also McKinistry photograph of A.L.I. on steps of Carnegie Library)  Daily Times-Recorder July 31,1915


            "ORDERS TO A.L.I. TO RECRUIT FOR FULL STRENGTH.  Captain James A. Fort, commanding officer of the Americus Light Infantry, is said to have received orders from the war department to recruit his company to full peace strength, which is 65 men, exclusive of the three commissioned officers.

            In obedience to this order a recruiting station was opened Tuesday morning on Forsyth street, on the vacant lot adjoining the Planters' Bank building. The station is in charge of Privates Mayo and Gardner.

            Significance is attached to the order from the federal officials which it is believed means full preparation for any eventuality, as far as the national guards are concerned. The idea of sending the national guards to the Mexican border for patrol duty was discussed at a cabinet meeting several days ago. This would allow the regular army to proceed into Mexico in search of the bandit Villa.

            The enlisted men of the A.L.I. are not joyfully and gleefully hoping for field service, but without exception every man expressed his full promise to serve anywhere under the orders of the officials. The company will be brought to full peace strength with the idea in view of furnishing the federal government with a company fully prepared for any service.

            The officers, both commissioned and non-commissioned, of the Americus Light Infantry are:  Captain James A. Fort; First Lieut. J.E.B. McLendon; Second Lieut. B.C. Hogue; First Sergt. C.E. Guerry; Quartermaster Sergt. E.T. Murray; Sergeant E.L. Croxton; Sergt. C.C. Veates; Sergt. R.L. McLeod, Jr."  Daily Times-Recorder Mar. 28,1916


            "ROLL OF AMERICUS LIGHT INFANTRY IS IN GOOD CONDITION.  The roll of the Americus Light Infantry, Co. I, Second Georgia regiment, this morning showed it in excellent condition. The following men were enrolled before recruiting began today:  Commissioned Officers:  Capt. James A. Fort; First Lieut. J.E.B. McLendon; Second Lieut. B.C. Hogue. Non-Commissioned Officers:  First Sergeant Charles E. Guerry; Quartermaster Sergeant Edwin T. Murray; Sergeants Ernest L. Croxton. Charles C. Veates, Robert L. McLeod, Jr. Corporals Leon H. Brooks, Joseph C. Pouncey, Wm. H. Chappell, C.C. Jones. Privates:  L.H. Chapman, L.L. Hart, H.K. McMath, Ben H. Hawkins, H.D. Schneider, Leonard Tinsley, Frank Mayo, D.S. Mayo, C.W. Yeomans, J.H. Hammond, Geo. B. Hays, M.C. Wheatley, F.C. Hudson, A.C. Holley, K.M. McDonald, Jack S. Courtney, F.H. Speer, J.P. Gartner, Roach Brooks, W.G. Crapps, A.B. Turpin, P.L. Alford, D.E. Rouse, G.W. Brinkley, C.G. Chapman, E.G. Durham, J.E. Stevens, W.B. Smith, I.G. Hallman, H.M. Faust, R.S. Ratley, W.C. Tidd, Dan Chappell, B.C. Ammons, J.D. Bridges, T.G. Howington, D.C. Hall, J.J. Hallman, H.C. Thames, W.G. Bankhead, H.H. Smith."  Daily Times-Recorder June 19,1916


           "Lieut. B.C. Hogue in Charge Of Recruiting For A.L.I. At The Armory For This Company.  Second Lieut. B.C. Hogue, of the A.L.I., Co. I, 2nd Infantry, National Guard of Georgia, is in charge of recruiting at Americus this morning. The office is open at the armory on Forsyth street.

           Captain Fort issued the following statement this morning concerning recruiting, which is interesting to the entire public:  "MEN WANTED - For Foreign Service. The following instructions govern recruiting:  "Applications must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years, of good character and temperate habits, able bodied, free from disease and must be able to speak, read and write the English language.

            "Original enlistment will be confined to persons who are citizens of the United States or of Puerto Rico, or who have made legal declaration of their intention to become citizens of the United States.

            "Married men will be enlisted only upon the approval of the regimental commander, or other proper commanding officer.

            "Applicants will be required to satisfy the recruiting officer regarding age and character, and should be prepared to furnish the necessary evidence.

            "For infantry, the height must be not less than 5 feet 4 inches, and weight must not be more than 190 pounds.

            "The minimum weight of all arms of the service is 125 pounds, subject to variations, but in no case will the applicant whose weight falls below 120 pounds be accepted, without special authority from the adjutant general of the army.

            "Rates of pay are as follows, in Continental United States. For foreign service an additional 20% is paid:  First Sergeant, per month $45.00 Sergeants, per month $30.00 Corporals, per month $21.00 Cooks, per month $15.00 Artificer, per month $15.00 Musician, per month $15.00 Wagoner, per month $21.00 Privates, per month $15.00

            "The men are supplied with uniforms and all other necessary clothing and are well fed. When all of this is considered, the scale of pay amounts to much more than at first seems.

            "At present the enlistment in the National Guard is for two years; later the enlistment will be six years, three with the colors and three in the reserve.

            "Men living at places where there are no national guard companies, and wishing to enlist may communicate with the undersigned by telephone, wire or letter, or report in person.

            "The recruiting officer is on duty at the armory on Forsyth street. Americus, Ga.

            "Applicants for enlistment in this company will be considered in turn.

            "Americus, Ga. June 18,1916.

            "JAMES A. FORT, Captain Co. I, 2nd Inf., National Guard of Georgia (Americus Light Infantry)."  Daily Times-Recorder June 19,1916


            "AMERICUS LIGHT INFANTRY BADE GOODBYE AND GODSPEED AS THEY LEAVE UNDER THE CALL OF THEIR COUNTRY AND THE FLAG.  Company I, 2nd Georgia Regiment, National Guards - but known and loved by us as the Americus Light Infantry, left this city Saturday afternoon at 3:45 o'clock on a special train which also carried the Albany troops which are Company K of the 2nd regiment.

            Thousands of people gathered on the streets of the city of Americus shortly after noon. They mingled their best wishes of Godspeed with the tears of love which shall follow every memer of the company through any service or campaign upon which their country calls.

            Their showing was excellent; their spirits were high; their bearing was manly - and above all their loved ones watched their regular step with the deepest feeling of the high devotion and esteem in which they are held.

            Early Saturday morning brought the A.L.I. to the minimum peace strength, and they received orders from Captain Fort to prepare for moving. The special details out of the city on recruiting duty were ordered to the armory by first train and in some instances in automobiles. At 2 o'clock every member of the company, a few over the alloted number without full equipment, "fell in" on the bugles sound of "assembly."

            Their Pictures Taken. The A.L.I. gathered in front of the Carnegie Library where Photographer McKinistry made a picture of the company. Every man was in line from the newest private to the ranking man in service.

            Commander H.T. Davenport, of the Camp Sumter United Confederate Veterans of the Georgia Division, spoke a few feeling and eloquent words. He told the patriots of Company I, that man's first duty was to his God, and next to his country and his flag. Then, said Commander Daveport, "comes your duty to your families, relatives and loved ones." General Davenport admonished them and assured the members of the high esteem in which they were held by their fellow citizens. He told them that their country had called, and the next call would bring scores of their brother and friends to join them in the ranks.

            Company Marches to Station. The company formed in the ranks and marched two abreast to the Central of Georgia railway station where special cars awaited them. Here thousands of their parents, relatives and friends embraced them in cheering words of fond adieu. They bore up well under the heartrending words of "good-bye" and every man had hundreds of people grasp their hands in hearty shakes of endearing love.

            The boys of the A.L.I. were proud that the people awakened to the perilous duties which they were assuming. They went because their country called, and though some may never return, they go with the eagerness that every hero cherishes when he is "under fire."

            Stores Closed for Troops. With few exceptions the stores of Americus closed for the farewell greeting to the boys. Capitalists bowed with "the men about town" in paying them tribute. The call of "Old Glory" made each man's heart flutter, and sometimes a tear moistened the eyes of a friend's farewell.

            Lieutenant Hogue is Here. Lieut. B.C. Hogue, of the A.L.I., remains in the city to recruit the company up to the full strength which is 142 members. He will join his company in Macon when the call comes to entrain for the border regardless of the number already recruited.

            The parting wish of Captain Fort was "Don't keep us waiting long!" And what man or woman is there who will?

            A recruit of Company I said, "Fill up the ranks with us and let's show what Americus can do." Each member had the same sentiments throbbing in his breast.

            Lieut. Hogue will be on duty until Monday here, and it is possible that he will then be ordered to join his company.

            Will You Come? The last day of the stay of the company in the city brought expressions which had not been heard during the past week. People came to view the seriousness with which the duties of the soldiers are charged.

            Every young man in Americus and vicinity who can possibly afford to join the Guards in this present hour should rally to the call which has penetrated every militia district of the union. It is not political; it is not sectional; it is not the cry of the demagogue - it is the clear clarion beckon from the stalwart chieftain of the nation who asks young Americans to rally around "Old Glory" and assist in maintaining the prestige ad power of the nation - in the name of humanity.

            Will you come?"  Daily Times-Recorder June 25,1916


            "Those Who Have Gone.  The members of the company who left for Macon Saturday afternoon are:  Captain James A. Fort. First Lieutenant J.E.B. McLendon. Second Lieutenant B.C. Hogue. First Sergeant C.E. Guerry; Quartermaster Sergeant H.C. Thames, Sergeant E.L. Croxton, Sergeant R.L. McLeod; Corporal W.H. Chappell, Corporal L.H. Brooks, Musician W.B. Smith. Privates G.B. Hays, M.C. Wheatley, A.C. Holley, J.S. Courtney, Jas. P. Gartner, W.G. Crapps, A.B. Turpin, D.E. Rouse, C.G. Chapman, J.E. Stevens, I.G. Hallman, R.S. Ratley, W.C. Tidd, J.D. Bridges, T.G. Howington, David C. Hall, Jessie J. Hallman, W.G. Bankhead, B.H. Hawkins, H.S. Kelly, H.H. Smith, H.D. Schneider, Leonard Tinsley, Frank Mayo, D.S. Mayo, H.K. McMath, W.H. Bush, W.A. Greene, W.C. Mize, C.D. Calloway, A.D. Bolton, D'Esterville Hendrix, D.W. Wheeler, S.L. Deadman, Jas. R. Bramblett, L.R. Bramblett, S.E. Gordon, W.C. Sullivan, R.D. Brannen, C.M. Parks, Roach Brooks, J.P. Castleberry, H.P. Butt, Bill Warthen, Jno. B. Fox, Stephen Pace, B.I. Boswick, G.L. Toole, F.T. Suber, S.B. Dean, J.T. Peters, W.H. Stewart, F.W. Shepard, S.E. Skinner, G.C. Harris, John G. Holst, M.E. Shy, G.W. Bailey, J.R. Underwood, Jim Nance."  Daily Times-Recorder June 25,1916


            "AMERICUS LIGHT INFANTRY BID GOODBYE TO HOMEFOLKS ON WAY TO CAMP AT MACON. CHEERING CROWDS GAVE GUARDSMEN ROUSING SENDOFF AS THEY LEFT FOR SERVICE. RECRUITING OFFICER LEFT TO SECURE MEN. BOYS OF COMPANY I CARRIED BY SPECIAL TRAIN TO MOBILIZATION CAMP PREPARATORY TO BORDER DUTY.  The Americus Light Infantry, 70 strong, left yesterday afternoon at 4:40 o'clock for the mobilization camp at Macon, to join the other companies composing the Second Regiment of the Georgia National Guard. A special train over the Central of Georgia carried the Company I boys and Company D of Albany to the concentration - transportation having been arranged some days ago when the first general orders were issued from headquarters directing the mobilization.

            Americus turned out en masse to give Company I a rousing sendoff and the stirring scenes enacted at the railway station aroused more enthusiasm for things military than has been witnessed in this city for many a long year. While pathetic partings and tearful goodbyes caused many a heartache, the boys in khaki departed amid an outburst of cheering which gave each member of the company at least a faint idea of the warm interest felt for him by the citizens of this community.

            Two special coaches were used to transport the organization, while the company equipment and baggage was carried in a car furnished for that purpose. Practically all the company property was taken along to Macon, the field equipment being shipped in toto. Supply Sergeant H.C. Thames put in a busy day getting things in shape and he handled the situation like a veteran.

            The Atlantic Ice and Coal Corporation donated a quantity of ice to lend greater comfort to the guardsmen on their trip to camp. Practically every business establishment in the city closed its doors when Company I marched to the depot, and the crowd remained at the station from about 2:30 until the train moved out at 4:40, almost two hours behind schedule.

            It was stated yesterday by the officers of the company that the Second Regiment will in all probability be stationed at the mobilization camp until each company has been recruited to its full strength of 142 men. This means that several days will elapse before any movement toward the Mexican border is made, although the need for additional troops may force an earlier entrainment for the Southwest.

            The orders to move Company I to the Macon camp came yesterday morning about 10 o'clock and immediately everything was astir at the armory, where preparations were rushed to the utmost limit of speed. At 2 o'clock the guardsmen were in field uniform, blanket rolls on their backs, arms and equipment ready for entrainment, but before starting for the depot the entire company marched to the Carnegie Library, where General H.T. Davenport, commander of the Georgia Division, U.C.V. delivered a stirring speech which teemed with patriotic sentiments and brought round after round of cheers from the guardsmen and the crowd.

            Photographer McKinstry then made a picture of the full company grouped on the library steps and the boys marched away to the depot.

            They carried no company flag because the regulations prohibit the use of such individual insignia, although the ladies' organizations of the city were anxious to provide a beautiful company banner.

            Notwithstanding the fact that Company I has gone on to the mobilization camp at Macon, considerable recruiting must be done in order to secure the full war strength of 142 men. For this purpose Lieutenant B.C. Hogue was detailed to remain behind and act as recruiting officer for the organization in Americus until the necessary men have been enlisted or until the Second Regiment is ordered to the Mexican border.

            Young unmarried men throughout this section are urged to enlist in Company I, and the enlistment office at the armory will remain open daily.

            It is understood that many prospective recruits in this city have been deterred from enlisting in Company I by the report circulated within the past few days that a volunteer company was to be organized in Americus for service on the Mexican border. Such reports are entirely unfounded, it is pointed out by reliable military authorities, since the regulations provide that volunteers can only be used when the national guard of the nation is entirely in service and recruited to its full strength.

            The men composing the Americus Light Infantry and entraining yesterday for the camp at Macon were:  Capt. James A. Fort, First Lieutenant J.E.B. McLendon, Second Lieutenant B.C. Hogue, First Sergeant C.E. Guerry, Quartermaster Sergeant H.C. Thames, Sergeant E.L. Croxton, Sergeant R.L. McLeod, Corporal W.H. Chappell, L.H. Brooks, Musician W.B. Smith, G.B. Hayes, M.C. Wheatley, A.C. Holly, J.S. Courtney, Jas. P. Gartner, W.G. Crapps, A.B. Turpin, D.E. Rouse, C.G. Chapman, J.E. Stevens, I.G. Hallman, R.S. Ratley, W.C. Tidd, J.D. Bridges, T.G. Howington, David C. Hall, Jesse J. Hallman, W.B. Bankhead, B.H. Hawkins, H.S. Kelly, H.H. Smith, H.D. Schneider, Leonard Tinsley, Frank Mayo, D.S. Mayo, H.K. McMath, W.H. Bush, W.A. Greene, W.C. Mize, C.D. Calloway, A.D. Bolton, DeEsterville Hendricks, D.W. Wheeler, S.L. Deadman, Jas. R. Bramlett, L.R. Bramlett, S.E. Gordon, W.C. Sullivan, R.D. Brannen, C.M. Parks, Roach Brooks, J.P. Castleberry, H.I. Butt, Bill Warthen, John B. Fox, Stephen Pace, B.I. Bostwick, G.L. Toole, F.T. Suber, S.B. Dean, J.T. Peters, W.H. Stewart, F.W. Shepard, S.E. Skinner, G.C. Harris, John G. Holst, M.E. Shy, G.W. Bailey, J.R. Underwood, Jim Nance."  South Georgia Progress June 25,1916


            LINKS to photographs of the Americus Light Infantry, Company "I", GA MILITIA, Carnegie Library June 24, 1916:   Warm Up Photo , Formal Photo


            "MORE RECRUITS ARE NEEDED FOR A.L.I. AT MACON. RECRUITS FOR A.L.I.  The men who enlisted today with Lieut. Hogue at the armory were:  James Hines Hammond, Charles Bryant Lovett, Charles Henry Singletary, Matthew Mack Powell, William Madison Howard.

            The next minute may bring an order for the Second regiment, National Guards of Georgia, to move towards the border - and that is the regiment where Co. I - The Americus Light Infantry - forms a unit.

            A number of Americus people visited the mobilization camp at Macon Sunday, and found the boys of the A.L.I. in high spirits and making the best of camp life. They are standing their new ordeal well and will be heard from if they reach the border, much less Mexico.

            Lieut. B.C. Hogue is in Americus, with offices at the armory, where he is recruiting the company to war strength. He hopes to bring the company to 142 men before they are ordered to leave Macon.

            The last request of Captain James A. Fort was:  "Don't keep us waiting long." He requests all patriotic Americus citizens to exert their influence for enlistments among boys who can do without affecting dependent relatives. The United States faces a crisis far more serious than when the tocsin of war sounded in the brush with the Spaniards. The engulfing god of war has already extended his limits throughout every section of the globe, and America wants to protect herself against whatever the future might hold in store.

            The office hours for recruiting of Lieut. Hogue at the armory are:  8 a.m. to 12 noon; 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

            The Americus Light Infantry is a part of Americus, and the people are urged to extend this magnificent array of citizens the cooperation which they so justly deserve.

            May Be Mass Meeting.  Prominent patriotic Americus people have suggested a mass meeting looking to the military situation in Americus as it affects the National Guards. There will be good speeches and a general good time for the cause of America and "Old Glory."

            The full details of the meeting will be announced in Tuesday afternoon Times-Recorder. Do your part for the A.L.I."  Daily Times-Recorder June 26,1916


            "THE HOME GUARD TO BE FORMED FOR CITY. Rep. Wheatley Finds Way For The Guards. Meeting Is Called For Tuesday Night. Governor to Grant License For Body.  All male white people in Americus over 21 years of age who are interested in the organization of a Home Guard to serve within Sumter county during the absence of the Americus Light Infantry, are requested to meet at the armory at 8 o'clock Tuesday night.

            This announcement is in line with the likely organization of the Home Guard under a state law and arrangement which has been secured by Crawford Wheatley, one of Sumter's representatives in the state legislature.

            In informing the editor of the Times-Recorder of his discoveries, Mr. Wheatley said, "Just before my departure for Atlanta there was an effort made upon the part of Captain Williams to organize the 'Home Guard' to serve as a protection to our home folks during the absence of the A.L.I. from Americus. This effort, I understand, failed because of the information received from the Adjutant-General that it would be impossible to organize a military company for this purpose. However, after a conference with the Governor, together with the Adjutant-General, I find that the organization of a company for this purpose is entirely within the law, provided the same is not recognized by the Military department, but simply licensed by the Governor to serve in connection with the sheriff of the county.

            "I am therefore enclosing a petition to the Governor, which you may place in the hands of Captain Williams signed by a reasonable number of white male citizens twenty-one or over and filed with the Governor will be followed by a license from him authorizing the organization of a Home Guard.

            "As there are already sufficient number of rifles in the hands of the Americus High School, and also at the Agricultural school, which could be used for drilling purposes I see no reason why such a Guard should not be organized at once, provided of course that the people at home desire the services of the same."

            A petition has been drawn up by Mr. Wheatley addressed to Governor Harris, praying the granting of a license for the organization of the Home Guard "within the meaning of Section 1447 of the Penal Code of Georgia of 1910."

            People interested in the movement have been requested to meet at the armory of the A.L.I. at 8 o'clock Tuesday night where further plans in connection with the Home Guard will be taken up."  Daily Times-Recorder July 9,1916


            "AMERICUS FOLKS VISITED BOYS AT A.L.I. IN CAMP.  The Georgia troops had a touch of the real hardships of soldier life Friday afternoon when in a driving rain storm they marched in parade through the business section of Macon. All looked "fair weather" when the brigade marched out of camp at four o'clock, colors flying, bands playing and every man neatly dressed in full regulation uniform; but ere the hour was out and as the first company of the second - the leading regiment - turned into Cherry street they were greeted with a fusillade of rain drops the size of a large dime. So slight had been the signs of rain that but few of the four thousand had ponchos or any cover whatever. Realizing that shelter or protection of any kind was impossible, and caring less, they marched on through the downpour, passing in review before Gen. Harris and his staff at the corner of Second and Cherry Street with lines so straight and steps as steady as though the sky had been clear and old Sol shining down in all his glory, and though tired and soaked to the bone when they reached camp at seven o'clock, little dissatisfaction was heard and a hot supper and dry clothes soon revived the spirits of all.

            Americus Visitors. The boys of Company "I" were delighted with the visit of many Americus and Sumter county people today, who took advantage of the dollar round-trip excursion, bringing with them all manner of good things to eat and a little money to spend.

            The anticipated pay day will come soon, but "soon" has lost its charm now and the boys are resigned to their fate, realizing that their beloved Uncle Sam is like most all other dear relatives - rather disappointing in financial assistance. Maybe pay day will come soon, maybe not - maybe our congressmen and senators were thinking of the boys back home and maybe not - but somehow the boys will think how in olden times "the laborer was worthy of his hire." How pig-headed to think their names were in the pork barrel.

            Promotion in A.L.I. Among the promotions of interest to Americus people are the following:  Orderly A.B. Turpin, promoted to Stable Sergeant; Orderly Samuel Dedman to First Class Private; Company Clerk Jerry Toole, promoted to Mess Sergeant. These promotions were officially announced Saturday, and are well deserved by the young men. Orderly Dedman and Clerk Toole enlisted just before the Americus Light Infantry, officially known as Company I, was ordered to Macon. Young Turpin had been a member for some time. Many friends are pleased at their rapid promotions."  Daily Times-Recorder Aug. 6,1916


            "MEMBERS OF A.L.I. GLAD TO GET BACK.  First Sergeant C.E. (Munch) Guerry, with Privates Merrill Wheatley and Harry Schneider came down this morning from Camp Harris to spend the day with home folks after their long stay with the Americus Light Infantry at Camp Cotton, El Paso, Tex.

            Other members of Company I are expected to arrive tonight and tomorrow, leave of absence being allowed the boys as fast as conditions at Camp Harris will warrant. Since the Georgia troops arrived in Macon on Tuesday, the men have been busy getting their camp in shape, and while all the Company I boys are anxious to get back home for a day or two at least, it is impossible for many of them to leave just at present.

            Private Schneider has been incapacitated for several months by rheumatism and was sent to the military hospital at Hot Springs, Ark., where he spent about a month, returning to Camp Cotton, and remaining there until the troops left for Georgia.

            Corporal J.G. Holst, of the Americus Light Infantry, is seriously ill at the military hospital at Fort Bliss, El Paso, with a complication of measles and pneumonia, and grave fears are felt for his recovery. His condition was such that it was impossible for him to be taken back home with the rest of the Georgia troops.

            The Americus boys are somewhat disappointed at the news that they are not to be mustered out on account of the international situation, but every one of them are jubilant over return to "God's country" once more."  Daily Times-Recorder Mar. 29,1917


            "COMPANY I MEMBERS HOME FOR SHORT VISIT.  Several members of the Americus Light Infantry came down yesterday from Macon, where the Second Georgia regiment is encamped since its return from the Mexican border last week.

            Capt. James A. Fort, Lt. B.C. Hogue and Privates W.T. Crapps, James Gartner, Ira G. Hallman and David Hall made up the party coming home to spend Sunday. They will return tonight or tomorrow morning, having only been granted a short leave of absence.

            Lt. Edwin Murray, formerly quartermaster sergeant of Company I but now of the Supply Company of the Second Georgia, will arrive Wednesday to spend a few days. He is suffering from a slight attack of tonsillitis and will undergo an operation for the removal of his tonsils before coming home."  Daily Times-Recorder Apr. 1,1917


            "A.L.I. RECRUITING PROCEEDS STEADILY.  Although there has been no rush of applicants for enlistment in the Americus Light Infantry, the recruiting for the company that represents this city and Sumter county in the Second Georgia regiment, is progressing steadily and with good results.

            The men who have thus far been received into the company as recruits are of the best type; men who make first class soldiers.

            The policy of picking only the best men from the applicants for enlistment has resulted in the securing of a fine contingent of recruits and when they are sent back to join their company after having received training at the camp in Macon, the Americus Light Infantry will, according to the officers, be one of the finest organizations in the state.

            Thus far 15 recruits have been received into Company I, and it is expected that within a few weeks all these men will be sent back from the training camp.

            The recruits for the A.L.I. are as follows:  Barnum Cobb, Barnum Webb, Richland; C.T. Pinkston, Parrott; Fred Edwards, Green's Mill; Davis C. Sheppard, Zera A. Littlejohn, Americus; P.A. Smith, S.M. Barabee, A.R. Abell, Brooklyn; Phillip M. Jennings, Plains; John F. Monahan, Jack C. McArthur, Americus; Richard H. Folmar, Daisy; P.R. Forest, Americus."  Daily Times-Recorder May 7,1917


            "19 RECRUITS NOW IN TRAINING FOR A.L.I.  There are now 19 recruits for the Americus Light Infantry in training at the receiving camp in Macon, four more men having been forwarded yesterday, three from Montezuma, and one from this city.

            The recruiting for Company I, which is recognized as one of the most efficient organizations in the Georgia military will continue until the maximum peace strength, 100 men, has been attained. Present orders authorize only recruiting to this number, although additional orders providing for recruiting to 150 men, maximum war strength, are expected.

            The four new recruits are James H. Baggett, Lucedale, Miss.; William Smith, Enterprise, Ala.; William Hammond, Newark, N.J.; and Herman A. Forth, Plains, Ga."  Daily Times-Recorder May 9,1917


            "CHANGES ANNOUNCED A.L.I. "NON-COMS."  Capt. James A. Fort, commanding Company I, better known as the Americus Light Infantry, announces the following changes in the non-commissioned officers of that organization:  1st Sgt. Charles E. Guerry and Mess Sgt. Leon Brooks ordered from Americus to Officer's Training Camp, Fort McPherson, Ga. Sgt. Bernard Bistick ordered from Woodlawn, Ga., to Macon, Ga., as instructor. Sgt. W.R. Warthen ordered from Americus, Ga., to Woodlawn, Ga., to command detachment. Sgt. Robt. L. McLeod detailed as acting first sergeant. Sgt. Charles B. Lovett ordered from Montezuma, Ga., to Americus, as mess sergeant. Corporal Harry Schneider detailed as Company Clerk."  Daily Times-Recorder May 21,1917


            "A.L.I. LEFT TODAY FOR MACON CAMP.  The Americus Light Infantry broke camp this morning, and at 11 o'clock entrained for the mobilization camp at Macon, to rejoin the assembled units of the Second Georgia Regiment at Camp Harris.

            Seventy-eight men were taken from this city and 25 more will join the command in Macon, having been receiving instructions at the recruit training camp for the past few weeks. The total strength of the company is therefore, something over 100 men, while the maximum war strength, to which it will be recruited, is 150 men.

            There was little ceremony attached to the departure of the boys this morning, the camp equipment being placed on the cars some time before the arrival of the special train from Albany, also carrying the Albany Company.

            Two additional passenger coaches were added at Americus, together with the freight cars containing the equipment of Company I.

            The train arrived somewhat sooner than was expected and many residents of this city who had planned to see the boys off, did not arrive at the Central of Georgia depot in time to witness their departure.

            It is expected that the Georgia troops will be held in Macon for at least a short time, but information as to what duty they will take up or where they will be dispatched, is not available.

            Many Sumter county resident are planning to make trips to Macon to visit the A.L.I.  boys during their stay in Camp Harris."  Daily Times-Recorder June 26,1917


            "SECOND MILITARY ORGANIZATION IS FORMED IN CITY.  The "Sumter Light Guards," a name famous in the military history of Sumter County, was revived last night at the organization of a new military company in Americus. At a meeting of citizens held in the courthouse, the company was formally organized with an enrollment of more than 100 members, and plans made to proceed immediately with drills, etc. to qualify the men for efficient service in the protection of life and property during the absence of the Americus Light Infantry.

            The officers of the new company are as follows:  Captain, E.A. Nisbet; First Lieutenant, Walter Rylander; Second Lieutenant, R.H. Horton. The non-commissioned officers will be appointed by Capt. Nisbet on Thursday night, when the first regular drill will be held.

            Drills are to be held on Monday and Thursday nights and every effort is to be made to bring the company up to a high standard of efficiency, so that there will be no difficulty in obtaining official recognition from both the state and federal governments.

            Requisition is to be made without delay to the war department for the necessary arms and other equipment and a committee composed of the commissioned officers was named to take this matter up with Congressman Charles R. Crisp.

            Sixty-eight men attended the meeting last night, almost half of whom have had military experience. With this substantial nucleus and the general personnel of the company of an exceptionally high mental standard, it is hoped to rapidly whip the organization into satisfactory shape.

            C.J. Clark, Walter Rylander, S.R. Heys, and L.M. Hansford were named as a committee to draft by-laws for the new company.

            Monthly dues of 50 cents per member were decided upon to provide the necessary funds for incidental expenses, such as armory rent, etc. It is proposed to maintain both an active and an honorary membership.

            The roster of the company is as follows:  G.L. Williams, H.S. Council, E.F. Wilder, T.O. Marshall, R.H. Horton, J.C. Bass, A.B. Salter, J.H. Marshall, H.B. Graddy, J.W. Westbrook, John Sheffield, Watts Markett, F.L. Allison, W.H.C. Dudley, G.M. Bragg, C.H. Yearwood, L.D. Stapleton, Dan Chappell, W.T. Kenmore, G.C. Johnson, J.W. Holley, M.H. Wheeler, Otis M. Physioc, Cloyd Buchanan, Samuel A. Perry, R.G. Christian, R.T. Hawkins, Wilbur H. Smith, E.L. Carswell, H.T. Ansley, R. McNeill, E.J. Witt, Lee M. Hansford, T.C. Tillman, C.J. Clark, A.J. Hamil, Jr., W.H. Sims, Talmadge Crabb, W.H. Brown, G.T. Adams, John W. Shiver, Wible Marshall, J.E. Mathis, R.L. Edwards, T.M. Merritt, Jr., Harry Hawkins, S.R. Heys, Geo. N. Adams, T.C. Poole, C.C. Herring, C.M. Bradley, J.D. Hooks, W.T. Maynard, Sam McDaniel, E.J. Eldridge, J. Emory Rylander, F.F. Fort, E.M. Prather, Gordon Howell, Russell Speer, Jesse Westbrook, J.F. Finch, D.D. Van Riper, J.W. Buchanan, Thad R. Reese, Will Horne, J.L. Jeter, Huntington Chappell, Egbert Clark, R.D. Cameron, Chas. Crew, W.C. M     oody, Robt. Lee McMath, H.B. Mashburn, E.A. Nisbet, E.H. Bradley, Law Rees, F.M. Flournoy, A.R. Royal, H.D. Hansford, C.A. Ames, C.S. Ranew, Walter Rylander, J.W. Harris, Jr., W.W. Tucker, E.L. Croxton, E.H. Miller, S. Williamson, J.A. Pinkston, Jr., L.L. McCleskey, W.W. Page, B.B. Kent, G.J. Adkins, H.G. Stanfield, W.E. Taylor, T.J. Bolton, Julius Shy, H.B. Shipp, W.R. Lipscomb, J.E. Griffin, F.J. Payne, Jas. Ross, Stephen Pace, Asa Pittman, J.W. Lott, D.K. Brinson, W.D. Finch, J.R. Crabb, P.D. Cherry, C.B. Stever, J.M. Johnson, S.M. Culpepper, J.R. Bramlett, J.W. Renfroe, W.E. Parker, B.J. Harrison, C.L. Bostwick, Jas. A. Johnson, H.M. Faust, W.B. McCorkle, J.W. Waller, E. Leroy Murray, Olin A. Williams, G.E. Tillman, D.V. Bowles, E.H. Brown."  Daily Times-Recorder June 26,1917


            "COMPANY I MEN GOING TO FRANCE.  Tomorrow morning the Macon Machine Gun Battalion is scheduled to enter upon a course of intensive training, at the conclusion of which they, with other units comprising the 42nd division, will be sent to the western front in France.

            The machine gun battalion includes in its personnel not only the original three Macon companies, B,C and F, but men from other companies in the Second Georgia who have been transferred either by request or by order.

            When the news was received at Camp Harris that the Macon battalion was to be transformed into a machine gun unit and attached to the next expeditionary force sailing for France, men from every company in the regiment asked for transfer to the three designated companies. The Americus Light Infantry has lost 21 men through transfer to the Macon battalion, while some of the other companies have lost even more than Company I.

            The men who have been transferred from Company I to the Macon Battalion, and who will leave tomorrow for Mineola, are:  A.W. Barbaree, J.D. Bridges, N.B. Butt, C.D. Calloway, James P. Castleberry, William G. Crapps, Fred Edwards, Luke A. Forrest, Otis E. Garrett, William A. Green, Ira G. Hallman, James H. Hammond, George B. Hays, Thomas B. Howington, William J. Lane, Howell K. McMath, Roy S. Ratley, Clement B. Reeves, Beaufort B. Sawyer, James E. Stevens, Ralph E. Stone, James V. Stewart, Barnum Webb, Durward W. Wheeler, James H. Baggett.”  Daily Times-Recorder Aug. 28,1917


            “A.L.I. OFFICER.  Lieut. B.C. Hogue, who left Americus with the first troops ordered to the Texas border, and who is now stationed with the Americus boys at Camp Wheeler. He will be one of the officers who will lead the former Americus Light Infantry on the battlefields of France. It is reported this command is to form a portion of the “Sunset Division,” or second national guard contingent to be sent to Europe.”  (also photo of Lieut. B.C. Hogue)  Daily Times-Recorder Oct. 28,1917


            “ROY RATLEY FIRST A.L.I. MAN TO BE KILLED FIGHTING AT THE FRONT. LETTER FROM JAMES V. STEWART FIRST NEWS OF INCIDENT. BODY TORN INTO BITS WHEN STRUCK BY HUN SHELL. RATLEY SERVED AT MEXICAN BORDER AND WAS POPULAR SOLDIER.  Roy S. Ratley, of Cobb community, Sumter county, is the first member of the Americus Light Infantry to meet death on the battlefields of France. He was a member of the 151st (Macon) Machine Gun Battalion when killed, but served with the Americus unit on the Mexican border, and was one of the most popular soldiers in the whole command. He had been made a corporal only a brief while before he was killed.

            James V. Stewart, a member of the same command, who wrote home the first news of the death of Ratley, was himself wounded by the same shell that killed the Americus boy, and is now in a hospital, recuperating from his wounds. The body of Ratley, according to Stewart’s letter, written to W.M. Howard, of Cobb, was blown into bits by the explosion, and identification was made possible only by certain markings on the leggings he wore.

            Ratley left Americus June 20,1916, and remained with the Americus unit until the call for volunteers to fill out the Macon Machine Gun Battalion came, joining that outfit then. He was popularly known as “Rat” among his fellow soldiers, and was well liked by all.”  Daily Times-Recorder Aug. 19,1918


            “28 APPLY FOR ENLISTMENT IN NEW A.L.I.  The reorganization of the Americus Light Infantry was well on its way today. After several weeks of various kinds of publicity – personal, correspondence and newspaper, without obtaining any encouraging response to the proposal for the reorganization of the national guard company here, the need of which has been generally understood, Major James A. Fort, commander of the old company, spent an hour yesterday afternoon calling on the young men of the city to learn whether they were willing to support the movement to the extent of enlisting. He obtained the signatures of 28 men in that hour, forming the nucleus of the new Americus Light Infantry.

            Following are the men who signed applications for enlistment in the company:  Leon Brooks, Durward W. Wheeler, L.B. Bramlet, James Pinkston, Jr., John G. Holst, E.R. Todd, Edward M. Prather, James B. Pickard, Edwin T. Murray, Lawson Stapleton, R.L. McLeod, James A. Fort, John W. Westbrook, Harry Hawkins, Dan Chappell, E.J. Schroeder, Asa Pittman, R.D. Cameron, H.C. Rigsby, M.E. Shy, Henry D. Stevens, R.T. Crabb, Walter Rylander, W.W. Tucker, S.A. Perry, J.W. Lott, W.B. Finch, Earl E. Rainey.

            Cards Sent Out. Today Major Fort called upon a number of the leading citizens of the community to assist in obtaining the required number of men for the military company, mailing out to them application cards accompanied by the following letters:  “You are interested in the safety of your family and property and therefore I take it that you are interested in anything that tends to preserve law and order.

            “The presence in Americus of a military organization subject to the call of state officials will deter lawless elements from acts they might otherwise commit under excitement. Public officials will discharge their duties with confidence, well assured that they will be supported by armed force if necessary.

            “For these reasons, and for many others as well known to you as to me, I take the liberty of sending you a few cards and ask that you endeavor to have them signed by suitable persons, not necessarily ex-soldiers.

            “The pomp and circumstances of the service will not induce men at this time to enlist, but if the appeal is based upon the duty they owe to themselves and their fellow citizens, I have no doubt they will very readily do what is expected of them.

            An Objection Without Merit. “Objection that they will be subject to call from the Federal Government is without merit. If necessity arises the government will require the services of its citizens, and the fact that a man is already in the National Guard will be in his favor. In the meantime he is using his experience and influence on the side of law and order.

            “The Americus Light Infantry has been maintained for more than sixty years and it should be re-organized now. Will you give the matter a few minutes of your time, have the cards filled out and return them to me?”

            One hundred men is the minimum number which will be accepted as a company of National Guard, and when this number of enlistments or applications is obtained an officer will be sent for to muster the organization into service.

            On another page of today’s edition will be found the form of application for membership in the A.L.I. If you haven’t a card, and wish to join yourself or can obtain the application of some young man, have this blank filled out and mail it to Mr. Fort.”  Daily Times-Recorder Sept. 23,1919


            “22 MORE JOIN NEW A.L.I., NOW HALF STRENGTH.  The Americus Light Infantry, re-organization of which is being undertaken here has been recruited to half the minimum strength, it was announced today by Major James A. Fort, who is actively behind the movement. Twenty-two additional names of young men who have signed application cards for membership were announced, bringing the total up to 50. Those previously applying for membership were announced recently. The following are the newest recruits:  Frank D. Stapleton, Charles B. Griner, C.H. Carswell, R.E. Allison, Jr., J.C. Pouncey, John Monahan, Jr., Nathan Murray, W.C. Sullivan, Jr., Ben C. Hogue, W.E. Cheek, W.B. Smith, Dewey E. Rouse, James V. Stewart, E.J. Eldridge, Eustice Ansley, John H. Marshall, Hill S. Kelly, A.S. Tillman, S.L. McDaniel, J.E. Sherlock, Gordon Howell, Robert C. Lane.”  Daily Times-Recorder Oct. 8,1919


            AMERICUS WILL PROBABLY HAVE MILITARY UNIT. American Legion Formulating Plans to Reorganize Americus Light Infantry.  If the plans of J.E.B. McLendon, treasurer of the local post of the American Legion, and the American Legion are carried out, the Americus Light Infantry will be reorganized and this city will have a military unit.

            The American Legion, realizing that Americus would be at a disadvantage in quelling a disturbance or riot or assisting in time of storms, fires or other disasters and disorders decided at its meeting Tuesday night to map out a reorganization plan of the old A.L.I., which if adopted at the next meeting will assure the city protection.

            Mr. McLendon, speaking to the largest meeting of the American Legion in several years on the reorganization of the old military company, declared that there are a number of former members of the A.L.I. who would take an active part in the reorganization of the company.

            “Aside from this,” said Mr. McLendon, “there are in Americus and Sumter county a number of young men, too young to serve in the late war, who would be glad to get the military training and would welcome the reorganization of this famous old company”

            “Not only would the company be beneficial in ths effect but it would be an efficient supplement to the arm of the constituted authorities in the enforcement of law, and its members would be of great service to the community in times of rioting, disastrous fires and other calamities which would tend to throw the people into a panic,” said Mr. McLendon.”  “Times-Recorder July 8,1925


            “A.L. DISCUSSES MILITARY UNIT. Legionnaires Make Plans to Re-Organize Old Americus Light Infantry.  Plans for reorganizing the Americus Light Infantry were taken up and discussed at length by Major James A. Fort and Capt. J.E.B. McLendon at the regular monthly meeting of the American Legion Tuesday night at the Legion hall.

            In discussing the reorganization of the famous old company Major Fort said:  “The re-organization of the Americus Light Infantry will depend on two things; first, whether or not there is a vacancy in the state of Georgia for another military unit and second, whether the young men of Americus will give the company their support. I do not have any doubt, if the equipment is issued by the government, that the young men will gladly welcome the opportunity of enlisting and working for the re-organization of the company. As there is considerable sentiment attached to the organization I am of the opinion that a number of its old members will re-enlist.”

            A committee composed of Adjutant Lee Ray, Major Fort and Capt. McLendon was appointed to take up the matter of obtaining equipment and aid from the government.”  Times-Recorder July 22,1925