Yellow Gadsden Rattlesnake Garden Flag
History of the Gadsden Flag
Designed by Christopher Gadsden, the Gadsden flag is often referred to as the 1st Marine Corps flag because Gadsden was one of the three-member Marine committee ordered by Congress in October of 1775 to raise five companies of Marines to outfit the Man-of-War “Alfred” and its sister ships. It is generally accepted among historians that Gadsden presented the flag to Esek Hopkins, commander-in-chief of the Navy, and he flew it as his personal standard on the Alfred. The prevalence of rattlesnake imagery during the American Revolution is likely attributed to the fact that the rattlesnake could not be found in any other part of the world and displayed unique courage that could be compared to the early American spirit. The rattlesnake never starts a fight and never surrenders once engaged. She never attacks without giving fair warning but strikes with a deadly result. The snake depicted on the flag has 13 rattles, representing the unity of the 13 colonies. One rattle by itself is incapable of producing a sound, but all 13 together would strike fear in the heart of the boldest of men.
The Gadsden flag as well as other American Revolutionary War-era imagery has recently been revived to represent grassroots American resistance to the ever-increasing size and scope of government and its overreach.
This configuration of the Gadsden flag is designed to be mounted on the same type of flag stand as a decorative or seasonal garden flag.
Dress up your Home, or business with a bit of Revolutionary War-era flair and hang this “Don’t Tread On Me” garden flag. Fully sewn and embroidered, the artwork appears on both sides of the flag. The lettering reads correctly from one side only.
- Fully sewn 210-denier nylon fabric
- Finished with a sleeve across the top to slide onto a garden flagpole
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Flag size: 12″x18″
*Flagpole not included.