Calvary Regiment

Calvary Regiment.

Calvary Regiment [sic], literally the Golgotha Regiment or Place of the Skull Regiment, is a very popular misspelling of cavalry regiment. Calvary (Golgotha) is the English-language name given to the hill on which Jesus was crucified. Roman emperor Constantine the Great had the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built on Golgota, 326 to 335, and in 1095, Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade for the deliverance of the Holy Sepulchre.

Today, the term “Calvary Regiment” is typically found in online forums, on 19,900 English language pages on the internet relating to mounted troops, and on some brass plaques attached to award-winning dioramas of cavalry or tanks. Based on today’s search in Google, most of the US-Army armored and armored reconnaissance formations have been re-designated “Calvary Regiment” by the popular press and by active service members. Google reports 8060 photos of “calvary” regiments, compared to only 1500 such photos in 2007, most of whom seem to be serving in the “War on Terrorism”.

At this time, research in the major internet search engines shows no incidence of “Liebfahne” being attributed to any of the supposed “Calvary Regiments”, but there is mention of a “Lieb Regiment” [sic] serving alongside “Calvary” at the Battle of Morristown.

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