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Ael

An interesting motto for an infantry regiment. How did the reqiment aquire it?

Patrick Lang

Ael

I would guess that this is from the Mexican War. The sergeant-major of the regiment broke his mace over the head of a Mexican soldier who tried to take it from him on the battlements of the fortress of Chapultepec. the words "noli me tangere" appear on a silver band on the shaft of the mace.

The regiment dates from 1808. Whether or not it used this motto before the Mexican War, I know not. pl

Ael

Ah, a bit of googling reveals that the motto was inherited from the standards of the Legion of the United States in 1792.

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Must not have been a very well-constructed mace, or else a very hard-headed Mexican!

Patrick Lang

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When I saw the thing in a display case the shaft looked like ebony and was about 2 inches thick where it was broken a foot or so below the solid silver mace head. pl

Patrick Lang

Ael

I remember now that the 1st, 2st, 3nd and 4th Infantry regiments are all inheritors of the sub-legions of the Legion of the United States. It still seems odd. pl

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