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Gadsden Flag

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The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words “Don’t tread on me”. The flag is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden (1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during theAmerican Revolution. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag, along with the Moultrie Flag.

In modern times, the Gadsden flag is often associated with political movements such as libertarianism and the American Tea Party, and has been used by U.S. Soccer supporter groups including Sam’s Army and The American Outlaws since the late 1980’s.

Flag-Works carries the Gadsden flag sizes from 12″ x 18″ up to 6′ x 10′ and larger to be made. Order yours today on our web site or come into the retail store. Made in the USA. Tax Free

Washington’s Commander-in-Chief Flag

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Tradition tells us George Washington’s Commander-in-Chief Flag was the personal standard of the Commander of the Continental Army everywhere he went. The presence of the flag meant George Washington was there. It saw every battle and location that the Commander-in-Chief did during the Revolutionary War. It is unique due to its 6-pointed stars and was allegedly designed by Washington himself.

Why did Washington use 6-pointed stars? Some historians claim that Washington favored 6-pointed stars and that’s the reason he used them in his personal standard. Another possibility is that he was referencing the stars he wore as a general, which also had 6 points. Washington never wore more than 3 stars, but they did have 6 points. He also is known to have worn a light blue sash as a symbol of his authority. The blue sash and 6-pointed general stars may have been the source of the design for the flag. He simply made 13 stars to represent the 13 colonies.

Flag-Works has every Historical Flags. Check out our web site or visit our retail store. The Washington’s Commander In Chief’s Flag common size flag is a 3′ x 5′

 

Come and Take It

Origin of Come and Take It Day:

The town of Gonzales, Texas holds a Come & Take It Festival each year. It commemorates the firing of the first shot of the Texas revolution on Oct. 2, 1835, which took place near Gonzales.

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Flag-Works carries this historical flag and many other historical flags. Order your on our website or visit our retail store. We have the Come and Take It flag available in 3′ x 5′.

 

Flag-Works Ebay

Flag-Works customers if you didn’t know we have a site on Ebay. We have many flags listed on this site that are not shown on our web site. Go ahead check it out you might find something your really like or need. From American Flag, Historical Flags, Sport Flags, Garden Flags, Fun/Boat Flags. Animal Flags, State Flags, etc. Here are some things that are listed
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Cowpens Flag

The Cowpens flag, or 3rd Maryland flag, is an early version of the United States flag that meets the congressional requirements of the Flag Resolution of 1777. Like the Betsy Ross flag, the white stars are arranged in a circle on a blue field; but the circle consists of just 12 stars, with the 13th star in the center. Flag-Works carries varies of Historical Flags. Orders yours today or come into the retail store. Made in the USA.

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Star Spangled Banner Flag 15 Stars and 15 Stripes

As the War of 1812 waged on, the citizens of Baltimore began to prepare for a possible British attack.  It seemed inevitable; the British considered Baltimore a “nest of pirates” due to the privateer clippers that were built in the city’s shipyards.

During the summer of 1813, Fort McHenry’s commanding officer Major George Armistead wanted a flag that was “so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance.”

There were 15 stars and stripes on the two flags (to represent the 13 original colonies and Vermont and Kentucky,  the next two states to enter the union).  The flags were delivered to Fort McHenry on August 19, 1813.

The Star-Spangled Banner assumed a meaning beyond local celebration. This flag represents the broad ideals and values of the nation. Today, the American flag continues to evoke a special, patriotic feeling. In times of war, when returning from overseas, during space exploration, and at sporting events or other public gatherings, the American flag continues to represent freedom, democracy, and the intangible nature of “what it means to be an American.”

By the dawn’s early light on September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key peered through a spyglass and spotted an American flag still waving over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after a fierce night of British bombardment. In a patriotic fervor, the man called “Frank” Key by family and friends penned the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

When Key scrawled his lyrics on the back of a letter he pulled from his pocket on the morning of September 14, he did not give them any title. Within a week, Key’s verses were printed on broadsides and in Baltimore newspapers under the title “Defense of Fort M’Henry.” In November, a Baltimore music store printed the patriotic song with sheet music for the first time under the more lyrical title “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Confederate History-Dispelling the Myths

History books, the media, the school systems, etc abound in falsehoods and inaccuracies OF Confederate and Southern history. This fact sheet will help to clarify and dispel some of these rampant inaccuracies.

MYTH- The War of 1861-1865 was fought over slavery.

FACT- Terribly untrue, The North fought the war over money. Plain and simple. When the South started Secession, Lincoln was asked, “Why not let the South go in peace?” To which he replied, “I can’t let them go. Who would pay for the government?” Sensing total financial ruin for the North, Lincoln waged war on the South. The South fought the War to repel Northern aggression and invasion.

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MYTH- Only Southerns owned slaves.

FACT- Entirely untrue, Many Northern civilians owned slave, Prior to, during and even after the War of Northern Aggression.

Surprisingly, to many history impaired individuals, most Union Generals and staff had slaves to serve them! William T. Sherman had many slaves that served him until well after the war was over and did not free them until late 1865.

U.S. Grant also had several slaves, who were only freed after the 13th amendment in December of 1865. When asked why he didn’t free his slaves earlier, Grant stated “Good help is so hard to come by these days.”

Contrarily, Confederate General Robert E. Lee freed his slaves ( which he never purchased- they were inherited) in 1862!!! Lee freed his slaves several years before the war was over, and considerably earlier than his Northern counterparts. And during the fierce early days of the war when the South was obliterating the Yankee armies!

Lastly, and most importantly, why did NORTHERN States outlaw slavery only AFTER the war was over? The so-called “Emancipation Proclamation” of Lincoln only gave freedom to slaves in the SOUTH NOT in the North! This pecksniffery even went so far to find the state of Delaware rejecting the 13th Amendment in December of 1865 and did not ratify it (13th Amendment/ free the slaves) until 1901!

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MYTH- The Confederate Battle Flag was flown on slave ships.

FACT- NONE of the flags of the Confederacy or Southern Nation ever flew over a slave ship. Nor did the South own or operate any slave’s ships. The English, the Dutch and the Portuguese brought slaves to this country, not the Southern Nation.

BUT, even more monumental, it is also very important to know and understand that Federal, Yankee, Union ships brought slaves to America! These ships were from the New England states, and their hypocrisy is atrocious.

These Federals were ones that ended up crying the loudest about slavery. But without their ships, many of the slaves would have never arrived here. They made countless fortunes on the delivery of slaves as well as the product made from raw materials such as cotton and tobacco in the South.

This is the problem with the Yankee history History overwhelming portrayed incorrectly by most of the Federal & Yankee books and media.

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MYTH- The Confederate Battle Flag represented the Southern Nation.

FACT- Not true. While the Southern Battle Flag was carried into battle, the Southern Nation had 3 different National flags during the course of the war.

The First National Flag was changed due to a resemblance of the US flag.

The Second National Flag was subsequently modified due to the similarity to a flag of truce.

The Third National Flag was the adopted flag of the Confederacy.

The Confederate Battle Flag was never a National Flag of the Confederacy. It was carried into battle be several armies such as the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of Tennessee. Was also used as a Naval Jack by the Confederate Navy.

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MYTH- The Confederate Battle Flag is known as the “Stars & Bars”.

FACT- A common misconception. The  First National Confederate Flag is correctly known as the “Stars & Bars”. The Confederate Battle Flag is known as the “Southern Cross”.

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MYTH- The Confederate Battle Flag represents racism today.

FACT- The Confederate Battle Flag finds itself in the center of much controversy and hoopla going on in several states. The cry to take this flag down is unjustified. It is very important to keep in mind that the Confederate Battle Flag was simply just that. A battle flag. It was never even a National Flag, so how could it have flown over a slave nation or represented slavery or racism? This myth is continued by lack of education and ignorance. Those that vilify the confederate Battle Flag are very confused about history and have jumped upon a bandwagon with loose wheels.

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MYTH- The United States Flag represented freedom.

FACT- No chance. The US flag flew over a slave nation for over 85 years! The North tolerated slavery and acknowledged it as a Division of Labor. The North made a vast fortune on slavery and it’s commodities. It wasn’t until the South decided to leave the Union that the North objected. The North knew it could not survive without the Southern money. That is the true definition of hypocrisy.

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MYTH- Abraham Lincoln was the Great Emancipator.

FACT- While Lincoln has gone down in history as the Great Emancipator; many would not care to hear his real thoughts on people of color. Martyred President Abraham Lincoln was fervently making plans to send all freed slaves to the jungles of Central America once to Africa. Lincoln also did not want the slaves in the US. He thought the jungles of Central America would be the best solution and conductive to the freed slaves best interest. The only thing that kept this from happening was his assassination.

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MYTH- The South revered slavery.

FACT- A very interesting fact on slavery is that at the time the War of 1861-1865 officially commenced, the Southern States were actually in the process of freeing all slaves in the South. Russia had freed it’s servants in 1859, and the south took great note of this. Had military intervention not been forced upon the South, a very different America would have been realized then as well as now.

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MYTH- The Confederate Army was comprised of rich slave owners.

FACT- Very far from true. The vast majority of soldiers in the Confederate Army were simple men of meager income. Most of which were hard working farmers and common men. Then, as now, very few rich men ever fight a war.

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MYTH- Only the North had men of color in their ranks.

FACT- Quite simply a major falsehood of history. Many blacks, both free and of their own will, joined the Confederate Army to fight for their beloved Southern home. Additionally, men of other ethnic extraction fought as well. Oriental, Mexican & Spanish men as well as Native American Indians fought with pride for the South.

Today, many men of color are members in the heritage group SCV- Sons OF Confederate Veterans. These men of color and pride rejoice in their heritage. The continued attacks on the Southern Nation, The Confederacy, and her symbols are a terrible outrage to these fine people. These attacks should be denounced with as much fervor as those who denounce the South.

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MYTH- The Confederate Flags are an authorized symbol of Aryan, KKK and hate groups.

FACT- Quite the contrary. These despicable organizations such as the KKK and Aryans have taken a hallowed piece of history, and have plagued good Southern folks and the memories of fine Confederate Soldiers that fought under the flag with their perverse agenda. IN NO WAY does the Confederate Flag represent hate or violence. Heritage groups such as the SCV battle daily the damage done to a proud nation by these hate groups. The SCV denounces all hate groups, and pride fully boasts HERITAGE. NOT HATE.

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MYTH- The SCV- Sons OF Confederate Veterans are a racist, hate group.

FACT- This is a blatant attack on one of the finest heritage group ever. The SCV- Sons OF Confederate Veterans are a historical, patriotic and non-political organization comprised of descendants of Confederate Soldiers and sailors dedicated to insuring that a true history educate the public of the memory and reputation of the Confederate soldiers as well as the motives for his suffering and sacrifice.

The SCV- Sons Of Confederate Veterans are in NO WAY affiliated with, nor does it recognize or condone the terrible legacy of hate groups such as the KKK.

Confederate Battle Flag

Dear Flag-Works Customers,
We stand behind the historical significance of the Confederate flag and will continue to sell it as long as we have the ability to due so. Due to recent events, we are currently experiencing a shortage of Confederate flags. This shortage is not of our choosing. Several of our major suppliers have announced that they will no longer be producing the Confederate flag, leaving us to find new suppliers. Please bear with us as we do our best to fulfill all of your orders. We sincerely appreciate your business.

Thank you,
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From the end of the Civil War until the late 1940’s, display of the battle flag was mostly limited to Confederate commemorations, Civil War re-enactments, and veterans’ parades. The flag had simply become a tribute to Confederate veterans.

 

 

Serapis Flag

The Serapis Flag is unique because of its 8-pointed stars and because its red, white and blue stripes are organized in a pattern not found on other American historical flags. The 13 8-pointed stars are arranged in 3 rows of 4, 5 and 4 on a blue field. The flag is also more square shaped than rectangular.

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The Serapis Flag, also known as the John Paul Jones Flag, had its origin in a famous Revolutionary War sea battle called the Battle of Flamborough Head, which was fought just off the east coast of England on September 23, 1779. In the battle, Jones’ small fleet of ships challenged the HMS Serapis, a 44 gun British warship that was protecting a massive merchant convoy of 50 ships returning to England from the Baltic Sea.

When John Paul Jones arrived at Texel, a diplomatic crisis arose. The Netherlands were officially neutral in the British-American war and the Netherlands had not yet officially recognized the United States as a sovereign country. The Serapis was not flying an American flag because the flag from the Bonhomme Richard had been blown off during the battle and went down at sea. This led to the British Ambassador demanding that John Paul Jones be turned over to the English government as a pirate, along with the Serapis, because, as he was not flying the flag of any known nation and he was sailing a captured ship, he was, according to international law, a pirate.

The Serapis Flag is a popular historic American Flag, probably due to its unique design and is still available at Flag-Works. Order yours today on-line or stop the retail store. Made in the USA

Bunker Hill

 The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775. The American colonists were surrounding Boston which was full of British troops. Across the Charles River from Boston was the Charlestown Peninsula where the town of Charlestown and Breed’s Hill and Bunker Hill were located. The hills were of strategic importance because they overlooked the surrounding area, including Boston Harbor. The history of the Pine Tree as a symbol of New England predates the European colonial settlements. In eastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and the southern corner of Maine, there lived a nomadic tribe of Native Americans known as the Penacook. “Penacook” is an Algonquin word meaning “Children of the Pine Tree.” flag-works.com