Vintage Rebel USA Gadsden Don’t Tread On Me Flag

This cool USA/Gadsden/Don’t Tread On Me combination flag blends a tea-stained American flag and revolutionary war era rattlesnake imagery. Early settlers observed that rattlesnakes uniquely exhibited traits that emulated the early American spirit: never starting a fight, always offering ample warning before attacking a foe, and never giving up or surrendering once engaged. Source:

The coiled rattlesnake on the Gadsden flag is often seen as a symbol of American patriotism, and has appeared in many movies, including the 2000 film The Patriot. In addition, the chant “Don’t tread on me” is well known from a song by American country singer Granger Smith, featured on his 9th studio album.

A Vintage Tale: Exploring the Rebel USA Don’t Tread On Me Flag

There are a wide variety of variants of the Gadsden flag. The coiled snake may be displayed facing either left or right. The motto “Don’t Tread on Me” is sometimes shown with an apostrophe (‘Tread’) and other times without one; the snake may be displayed in its natural color or in a color other than yellow. The text is usually printed in serif typeface, but there are also examples with sans-serif typeface. Early representations of the Gadsden flag display nothing below the snake, while later versions commonly feature a Union flag in the background behind the snake. This variation on the Gadsden flag is often called the Hopkins flag, in reference to Commodore Esek Hopkins, who served as Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War. In recent years, it’s become popular among some members of the Tea Party movement to use the Gadsden flag in support of their cause. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, it’s worth noting that the enmity and aggression depicted by the rattlesnake is theologically and historically an escalating response to ongoing spiritual abuse, as set forth in Genesis 3.