19th Infantry Regiment, US Army

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19TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the 19th Infantry Regiment, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Azure, an Infantry bugle of 1861 Or, enclosing the Arabic numerals "19" Argent, in chief three mullets of the last.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Or and Azure, a rock charged with the shoulder strap of a 2nd lieutenant of Infantry of 1865 Proper.
Motto: THE ROCK OF CHICKAMAUGA.

Origin/meaning

The 19th Infantry was organized in 1861 and the principal charge on the shield is a reproduction of the regimental insignia of that period.
The three stars commemorate the three wars in which the regiment has participated, the Civil and Spanish wars, and the Philippine Insurrection.
The crest symbolizes the great achievement of the regiment at the Battle of Chickamauga, 1863, when it formed part of General Thomas' command which earned the name of the Rock of Chickamauga.
At the end of the second day (September 20th) there were four officers and fifty-one men for duty and the regiment was commanded by a second lieutenant.
The strap of a second lieutenant is shown on the rock. The Coat of Arms was approved on 6 November 1920.

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