Rifle Volunteers vs National Guard (1882 & 1883)

200 yard match, 1882
A shooting competition between the Rifle Volunteers of Great Britain and the National Guard of America was agreed for 1882. On 14 and 15 September the teams of twelve met at Creedmoor in the USA. The match was fired at 200, 500 and 600 yards on the first day, and at 800, 900 and 1000 yards on the second. The rifles used were of military pattern, although not necessarily one authorised for service. Each man fired seven shots at each distance, and no cleaning between shots was permitted. The British team won scoring 1,975, against the American team score of 1,805 out of a possible 2,530.

In 1883 the American National Guard team had a return match against the British Volunteers at Wimbledon, England, on 20 and 21 July. The British team was again victorious scoring 1,951, against the American team score of 1,906.

The teams were:

1882: 14/15 September ~ Creedmoor, USA

Rifle Volunteers
of Great Britain
National Guard
of the United States of America
Captain: Lieutenant-Colonel Sir H. Halford
Adjutant: Private H. Smith
Captain: Colonel J. Bodine
Corporal H. Bates Private F. Alder
Private G. Boulter Captain D.R. Atkinson
Corporal W. Caldwell Sergeant T.J. Dolan
Sergeant J.W. Dods Private M.D. Hinds
Captain P.T. Godsal Private C.W. Hinman
Private J. Goodear Colonel G.E.P. Howard
Lieutenant J. Heap Sergeant J. McNevin
Major A.P. Humphry Private D.H. Ogden
Private R. McVittie Sergeant J.L. Paulding
Sergeant P. Oliver Private J.M. Pollard
Corporal C.J. Parry Major E.O. Shakespeare
Major G. Pearse Private J. Smith

1883: 20/21 July ~ Wimbledon, England

Rifle Volunteers
of Great Britain
National Guard
of the United States of America
Commandant: Lieutenant-Colonel Earl Brownlow
Captain: Lieutenant-Colonel Sir H. Halford
Captain: Colonel G.E.P. Howard
Adjutant: Lieutenant-Colonel E.O. Shakespeare
Quartermaster: Major I.R. Denman
Secretary to the Captain: Captain A.H. Herts
Corporal H. Bates Private J.H. Brown
Sergeant J.W. Dods Private M.W. Bull
Private G.C. Gibbs Sergeant W.L. Cash
Captain P.T. Godsal Sergeant T.J. Dolan
Quartermaster S.S. Gouldsmith Private C.W. Hinman
Major A.P. Humphry Private G. Joiner
Private C.F. Lowe Sergeant J.L. Paulding
Private R. McVittie Private J.M. Pollard
Corporal C.J. Parry Private Dr. S.I. Scott
Major G. Pearse Lieutenant W. Scott
Private C.W. Wattleworth Private J. Smith
Major S.S. Young Sergeant A.B. Van Heusen


See: Index of 19th Century Riflemen