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Washington's Cruisers Flag

  • Year First Flown: 1775
  • Created By: Colonel Christopher Gadsden
  • Design: White flag, illustration of a pine tree, and the text “An Appeal to Heaven.
  • Meaning: The pine tree was a common sign of New England freedom, and the phrase “An Appeal to Heaven” signified the trust that the colonists had in God to deliver them from the oppression of Great Britain.
  • Historical Significance: One of the earliest American flags; used on the very first American Naval ships that were provided by George Washington himself.
  • Use Today: Historical reenactments