Description[Texas Volunteer Guards]. A. Faulkner Guards Medal in Case, circa 1892. Measures approximately 3.75" x 2.25. Produced from 10k and 14k pink and yellow gold weighing 41.9 grams by Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Company, St. Louis, Missouri. The obverse features the inscription "Calvert Texas / 1892" surrounding the Lone Star of Texas on a circular, 10k gold medal. Inscribed on the reverse is the name of the recipient, "C. S. Meredith," and the date "July 1892." Surrounding the medal is a belt of 10k gold inscribed with "A. Faulkner Guards." The entirety is encircled by a 14k wreath of olive and live oak branches. Suspended from a 10k scroll inscribed "Best Drilled Man." Housed in a leather case lined with purple cloth.
The existence of militia in Texas is nearly as old as Texas itself. In 1823, Agustin I, emperor of the First Mexican Empire, gave Stephen F. Austin authority to "to organize the colonists into a body of the national militia." Their mission was similar to traditional militia in the United States: defend the settlements against invasion (including Indian raids on the frontier), put down insurrection, and, if needs be, help to execute the laws of the nation. By the late nineteenth century, the Texas Volunteer Guard (as the militia had been known since 1879) was comprised forty-seven companies (38 white and 9 "colored"). With the passage of the Militia Act of 1903, the Texas Volunteer Guard was reorganized into the Texas National Guard.
C. Spencer Meredith (1868-1944) was a druggist who served as mayor of Calvert, Texas, and member of the Texas State Pharmaceutical Association.
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