Palmetto logs and sand. What resistance could they offer to British warships? But defenders waited and they had a flag that proclaimed “Liberty.”
The attacks and campaigns in the Southern states during the Revolutionary War are sometimes overshadowed by “where Washington fought,” but important events happened in that region and a flag with important symbolism emerged from this area of conflict.
Just because it’s in a historic painting doesn’t mean its true… We all know that, right?
Well, let’s talk about a certain flag that John Trumbull put in one of his famous Revolutionary War paintings. Called “The Continental Flag”, it’s one of the historical questions to ponder and dig into what we can really know about the facts behind the story (or the painting.)
They were a bold bunch of rebel-rousers in the eyes of the British and the choir leaders in the colonial dissent about the taxes imposed by the mother country. A secretive, often underground organization, the Sons of Liberty managed to establish a network of communications throughout the thirteen colonies with major influencers in Massachusetts and New York. It was one of the first rumblings of unification for these British colonies.
So…did the Sons of Liberty have a flag? Yes. Two actually. And it’s quite a story for the history books…
Nope, we’re not talking about a Civil War flag. We’ve moving about four score years farther back on the historic timeline this month to discuss flags used by the Americans during the War for Independence.
Today’s featured flag has historically been considered the first flag national flag of the United States. The design – approved by the Continental Congress – was widely used in 1776 and 1777 prior to the adoption of the “Betsy Ross Flag” which is usually associated with the conflict.