The Seventh Infantry Regiment Association was established in 1987. The Association presently has more than 600 members, comprised of veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, the Persian Gulf, and members of the Active Army.
The Seventh Infantry Regiment was constituted 11 January 1812, making it one of the five oldest regiments in the United States Army. It ranks first on the Army's Order of Merit List in terms of date constituted, number of campaigns in which it participated, and awards and decorations received.
There has been a request for another order of the Cottonbaler 1911A1 pistols that Leonard Collins arranged for back in 2009.
I have been in contact with Leonard and he is planning on another order of pistols. At this time, there is not a price. He has to price out the pistol and then the engraving.
Here are 2 photos of my Cottonbaler Pistol and the flyer he had at the 2009 Reunion.
If interested, please contact Leonard directly. Here his contact information:
PO Box 224
Sylvania, GA 30467
Volens et Potens
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Before you stands a damn fine soldier … a COTTONBALER … by God! I can be counted on to accomplish any mission … any task … any job. I have been in the arena. My face is covered with dust, sweat, and blood. I have known the sweet fragrance of freedom for I have paid the price. I am a damn fine soldier … a COTTONBALER … by God!
I earned my nickname at Chalmette in the War of 1812. We stacked cotton bales on the levee and with Andrew Jackson stood the fury of the British square. With spent musket and cannon the British retired from the field that day. They had met some damn fine soldiers … a COTTONBALER … by God!
I remember the Alamo … traveled south and left my mark and my blood at Monterey, Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo. I marched triumphantly into Mexico City … proudly proclaiming … COTTONBALERS … by God!
The sound of fury from Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Chickamauga and Chattanooga still rings in my ears and I witnessed the closing acts of the internal strife at Gettysburg. I had fought my brother but done my job … a COTTONBALER … by God!
The rich heritage of the 7th Infantry Regiment spans 200 years and 12 wars with 76 campaign streamers earned and 14 unit decorations received. The Regiment has served in more campaigns than any other Infantry unit in the United States Army. It was initially organized in response to the “quasi-war” with France during the summer of 1798. The first major conflict in which the Regiment was engaged was the Indian War of 1811 where it fought under General William Henry Harrison in Ohio and Indiana. Its first encounter against foreign troops took place in the War of 1812 where the 7th Infantry saw action in Canada, Florida and Louisiana.
It was the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, while being commanded by Andrew Jackson, who later became President of the United States, that the 7th Infantry was dubbed the “COTTONBALERS.” During that battle the 7th successfully held their position against the British forces from behind a breastwork of cotton bales. The nickname “Cottonbalers” was proudly accepted by the Regiment and a cotton bale was incorporated into the Regimental Coat of Arms and to the Distinctive Unit Insignia. Subsequent to the War of 1812 the 7th Infantry served in Florida and on the Arkansas frontier. Thereafter, it saw action in the Mexican War in such famous battles as the battle at Monterey, Cerro Gordo, and Vera Cruz. Following the Mexican War, the Cottonbalers were busy with such frontier tasks as building forts and roads, and protecting settlers. Between 1815 and 1846 the 7th Infantry participated in several campaigns climaxed by the Florida War against the Seminole Indians.
Honorary President: VACANT
Honorary Colonel of the Regiment: LTG John Le Moyne, USA Retired
Honorary Command Sergeant Major of the Regiment: CSM Curly Faulk, USA Retired
1st Vice President:
2nd Vice President:
Immediate Past President:Dave Jensen
Treasurer: Joe Washart
Association Board of Directors
Chaplain: Father Phil Salios
Historian: Dr. John McManus
New Orleans Liaison:
Belgian Liaison Officer:
Newsletter Editor: David Spanburg
Webmaster: David Spanburg
2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry CDR: *
2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry CSM: *
* Denotes Active Duty
7th Infantry Regiment Lineage
Annex (36th Infantry)
Coat of Arms
Shield: Per fess Argent and Azure, a fess embattled to chief Or masoned Sable between in chief a field gun Gules on a mount Vert and in base hree bendlets sinister of the first.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors (Argent and Azure), a cotton bale Argetn banded Sable in front of the two bayonets in saltire Or.
Motto: VOLENS ET POTENS (WIlling and Able).
Shield: The shield is white and blue, the old and present Infantry colors. The field gun is for the battle of Cerro Gordo, where the 7th participated in the decisive attack by an assault on Telegraph Hill, a strongly fortified point. This portion of the shield is in Mexican colors--red, white and green. The wall is for the battle of Fredericksburg in which the Regiment held for twelve hours a position only eighty yards in front of a stone wall protecting the enemy. The base alludes to the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 3d Division with which the 7th Infantry served during World War I.
Crest: The cotton bale and bayonets in the crest are taken from the arms of the 7th Infantry adopted in 1912.
Coat of Arms Background: The coat of arms was originally approved on 5 July 1921. It was amended on 15 Oct 1923 to add a new crest.
Distinguished Unit Insignia
Description: A gold color metal and enamaled device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of the crest an motto of the coat of arms.
Symbolism: The collon bale and bayonets are teken from the arms of the 7th Infantry adopted in 1912.
Distinguished Unit Insignia Background: The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved on 18 October 1923. It was revised 13 March 1973 to clarify description and symbolism.
War of 1812
War with Spain
World War I
World War II
War on Terrorism