The turreted cr.stle (fig. 144) is the distinctive insignia of the Corps of Engineers. It was first used during the Revolutionary War and has been used in various forms since that time. Introduced by French officers, who were part of our first Corps of Engineers, It apparently was modeled after one of the Rates of the city of Verdun, Prance. It differs from engineer insignia now in use by any foreign army. The turreted castle serves as a reminder of fortification work which has been an important task of military engineers from ancient times up to the present.
Engineer colors are scarlet and white. The chief color, scarlet (used by both artillery and engineers), is more prominently displayed. White Is usc-d as a piping (edging) or for similar purposes, as on the engineer hat cord and guidon.
The officers of the Corps of Engineers do not wear the button with the coat of arms of the United States which is worn by all other officers. They have a different button bearing a fortification 'fig. 144) modeled after an early structure on Governor's Island In New York harbor. The motto "Essayons" is French for "Let us try." It also dates back to the time of the Revolution and shows the early influence of the French engineers.
vy Enlisted man's collar ornament. © Officer's coat button.
Fiuuhl 144—Engineer Insignia.
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