Originally titled the Strikers Independent Society, and sometimes abbreviated in the antebellum period as the "S.I.S.," by the end of the war, the organization was referred to simply as the "Strikers" and the group's 1898 constitution refers to them as "The Strikers Club." 

Alabama Planter, January 3, 1849

This 1880 invitation included the founding dates of the three main new Year's Eve parading groups, designating the founding date for the Strikers as 1842. 

The article below reveals the crossover in membership between the Order of Myths and Strikers. Although the Strikers had ceased to parade, they still celebrated together each year on New Year's Eve, while the Order of Myths ("O.O.M.") paraded on the evening of Mardi Gras. Yet the composition of both groups was very similar. In 1899, for example, the reception committee for the O.O.M. ball included J.W. Grey, Rhett Goode and Harry Pillans. Price Williams, Jr. was also a popular member of the O.O.M. Each were also listed among the reception committee of the Strikers for their ball in 1903. 

 Montgomery Advertiser, January 1, 1904 


The S.I.S., familiarly known as the Strykers, is the second in age among the secret societies, having celebrated its twenty-eighth anniversary in the closing hours of 1870. The club is popular with the gentler sex to a degree hard to explain to those not conversant with Southern character and Southern impulse... the Strykers are the younger 'swells,' the ambitious lawyers and doctors, and the hard-working youn 'cotton-men.' 

                                           -- Commercial Advertiser (New York), January 15, 1872.