Monday, February 8, 2010



Since colonial days, the rattlesnake has been used to portray the spirit of Americans.

In 1774, Colonel Gadsden stitched the legend "DONT TREAD ON ME" on his flag; the words swept the nation.

The First Naval Jack has been officially adopted by the United States Navy, flown from all US warships since 11 September 2001.

The foliage green patch authorized by US Navy Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT) for ACU/FRACU dress in command areas except just recently in Iraq.

Patches of the famous Benjamin Franklin's 1751 illustration that gave birth to America's use of the Rattlesnake and Don't Tread on Me.

The Culpeper Minutemen raised another defiant fist at the enemy by adding "LIBERTY OR DEATH" to Gadsden’s flag.

"Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" is from the famous speech given by Patrick Henry to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. This memorable line is credited with convincing the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Among the delegates to the convention were future United States Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, those in attendance, upon hearing the speech, shouted, "To arms! To arms!"

"There comes a time when every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H. L. Mencken, US editor (1880 - 1956)

"This is one BAD ASS patch!" - Ronny, Texas

In Virginia, anti-federalist Patrick Henry said during the opening debates of the Virginia Ratification Convention that arms are required to secure rights and freedoms from those who would take them away. He also questioned how the people could resist a tyrant if their arms had been taken from them.

This patch symbolizes the modern day fight with those who believe in the 2nd Ammendment and those who don't. (c) 1994 David C. Treibs

"I am an American first, a Conservative second, and a Republican a distant third. I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The revolution I ascribe to is the American Revolution, the only true revolution in the history of the world." - Sean Linnane



  1. Awesome site thanks! I'm gonna order a few of those patches today.

  2. The last patch had its roots in Texas History. What a great selection. Keep up the great blog, it is appreciated

  3. I think the American "come and take it" quote comes from the Texans who were fighting against the mexican empire. And that was probably inspired by the real Spartan quote "come and take them" in response to the invading persians who demanded that they lay down their arms.