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The Garrett Guards, page 2

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and generous patron, and whose kind offices since his death were for a long time fully filled by his son and successor, Robert Garrett, Esq.

The Company's first public appearance was at Annapolis Jan. 14th, 1880 at the inaugural ceremonies of Gov. William T. Hamilton, where they attracted much attention from the oddness of their uniforms (being a common "blue jeans" hastily made for the occasion). The Company was transported to and from Annapolis in a special car free of expense and also presented with a magnificent stand of colors, both kindnesses being at the hands of their namesake and patron, Mr. Garrett.

Among the many interesting entries in the record book of this Company which became known also as Company B, are:

(1)       Dec. 1st, 1881. Lt. P. A. Chisholm by a score of 31 out of a possible 31 at 500 yards range, won the Ohio State Prize, a magnificent medal donated by Gov. Foster.
(2)       Feb. 22nd, 1882 the Company won the Battalion Championship at rifle shooting defeating Companies A and C at Cumberland, Md.
(3)       May 28th, 1883 the Company with the rest of the 2nd. Battalion encamped with the 1st. Battalion and other independent companies of Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania at Frederick, Md. Took part in a sham battle known as the 'battle of Fredericktown and also gave a public exhibition drill which was highly commended by the military.
(4)       May 30 of that same year the Haymaker Rifle Team (of this "Garrett Guards") defeated teams from Unionville, Frederick and Cumberland for the championship of Western Maryland. The contest took place at Monocacy Bridge, and was remarkable for the fact that the highest score of any individual marksman of the rival teams was less, by three points than the lowest score of any one of the Haymakers riflemen.
(5)       June 30th, 1883 the Haymakers team, defeated all comers at Frostburg, Md. for a silver vase, given by the Howard Rifle Team of that city.
(6)       Feb. 22nd, 1884. Again defeated the other companies of the battalion for the championship emblem.
(7)       Feb. 22nd, 1885. Won for the third and final time the championship emblem of the battalion.
(8)       Attended the parade in Baltimore of the Grand Army of the Republic.
(9)       Nov. 25th and 26th, 1885. Easter Flower Rifle Team of the Company defeated the teams of the Maryland National Guard for the State Championship in a two-day match at Camp Carroll near Baltimore.
(10)       Feb. 21st, 1886. Defeated companies A, C, and D in a prize drill at Cumberland, Md. The next day defeated the same companies in a champion target match.
(11)       August 26th, 1886. "Haymakers" and "Easter Flowers" rifle teams defeated three teams of the U. S. Regulars in a prize match at 200 yards at Camp Carroll, near Baltimore. The next day the above two rifle teams of the "Garrett Guards" defeated 12 teams of the M. N. G. for first and second prizes at Wilson Post Encampment at Camp Carroll.
(12)       Nov. 10th, 1886. "Haymakers" and "Easter Flower" won first and second prizes awarded by the Cumberland Trades exhibit defeating "Howard's" Potomac, Cumberland and "Fern Leaf" rifle teams.


Editor: Felix G. Robinson


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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