"Organization, quarrel, Reconciliation.
In 1888, a body of Chicago men organized the Chicago Hussars
as a miltary and social body. The organizers, being fine horsemen
temselves and being admirers of the famous hussar corps of the
Old World, were anxious to establish such a company of light
horse in Chicago. For this purpose they appointed a comittee
which made a careful study of the organization, uniforms, and
equipment of the renowned Black Hussars of Prussia, as welll
as the famous Seventh and Tenth English Hussars. From the information
gained the troop known as the Chicago Hussars was organized.
A littleover a year ago some disaffected
members of the Chicago Hussars combined with other lovers of
riding and militray tactics and formed a rival cavalry troop
known as the Black Hussars. The class of men enlisted, their
uniforms, equipments, and mounts compared well to the Chicago
Hussars, and they soon tok equal rank with the older organization.
When this second troop was formed samuel B. Foster, now Captain
commanding the Black Hussars, wrote a letter to his warm personal
friend, Capt. Edwin L.Brand, commanding the Chicago Hussars,
saying the loked forward to the time when the two troops could
be united in a squadron formatin with Capt. Brand as
Major. But the task was extremely delicate and looked nearly
impossible ; still, the idea was in the minds of the leaders
of the two organizations, and negotiations looking forward that
end were constantly and quietly made.
The final consolidation came about
naturally enough, neither side making overtures, but both being
willing to combine. Committees had been appointed on the subject,
but recently they were recalled and the entire powers to act
for the Chicago Troop given to Capt. Brand, while the
same rights were extended by the Black Hussars to Capt.Foster.
The result was a most friendly and satisfactory agreement between
the two, made after a number of meetings and a great deal of
consultation and considerationof the subject. (...)"
Suite à ces discussions, la nouvelle
unité se vit constituer de :
- Troop A, Chicago Hussars.
- Troop B, Black Hussars.
Le tout sous le commandement de Edwin L. Brand, Major.
Le même article nous parle un peu
plus des Chicago Hussars :
"The Chicago Hussars have long
been the crack cavalry organization of Chicago. During the World's
Fair, in particular, were they brougt into especial prominence
by the numerous military and State functions which took place.
When President Cleveland opened the Exposition they were appointed
as his special bodyguard and formed an attractive part of the
procession from Chicago to the Fair Grounds on the opening day.
Later they escorted the Princess Eulalia and several other dignitaries
in their outdoor trips and took an important part in the Chicago
day exercises. Their last service during the Fair times was
at Mayor Harrison's funeral. For these services the City of
Chicago made them its official troop, and presented them with
a handsome standard bearing the city arms.
Their coal black horses
and handsome uniforms have always proved a striking and attractive
spectacle in city functions.
The present officers are as follows :
Captain, Edwin L.Brand.
First Lieutenant, H. Waldo Howe.
Second Lieutenant, M.W.Pinkerton.
First Sergeant, J.S.Townsend.
Second Sergeant, J.Horner.
Third Sergeant, Harry Kern.
Fourth Sergeant, Dan.B.Southard.
Color Sergeant, Morris Hecht.
Chief Trumpeter, J.R.Thacker.
The vacancy left by the promotion of Capt.Brand to Major
will undoubtedly be filled on Monday evening by a general move
up all along the line of officers."