Colonel Gadsden of South Carolina, a member of the Marine Committee, presented Congress on February 8th, 1776, “an elegant standard such as is to be used by the commander in chief of the American navy; being a yellow flag, with a lively representation of a rattlesnake in the middle, in the attitude of going to strike and these words underneath, ‘Don’t tread on me’”. The original flag does not survive, the picture from the Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution web site is historian Lossing’s 1849 version of what he envisioned the Standard of the Commander in chief of the Continental Navy (Gadsden Flag) may have looked like.
Frances Hopkinson, also a member of the Marine Committe, presented Congess with a thriteen strip, red & white, flag with a blue canton with a circle of thriteen six pointed stars.
For further reading, as Mike Davis suggest, is Edward W. Richardson’s “Standard and Colors of the American Revolution” another source is Dr. Henry W. Moeller’s “Unfurling the History of the Stars and Stripes”
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