Founding Fathers Forum: Gadsden snake
Posted by: Chris Whitten (chris@ThisIsToPreventSpam-35-RemoveThis.interesting.com) on 21 Oct 2002 at 3:07:22 PM
In-Reply-To: Which snake is Gadsden's? posted by Faré on 8:05:04 AM 19 Oct 2002
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: I'd like to purchase a Gadsden flag, but I'd like it to be the correct one. The flag on this site has a snake looking at the left side, with space between coils. Other versions are looking at the right side, and have no space between coils. Which is the correct flag? Same question for the culpeper flag, etc. As usual, there may be several "correct" answers, but then I'd like to know where the different versions come from.
As you suspect, there are several correct ones. And several incorrect ones. And ... it's hard to say whether one is "correct" or not.
In those days, flags were all handmade. Patriots saw a design they liked and imitated it. That's the origin of the wide variety of "Don't Tread on Me" flags.
However, you might be able to find an answer to what the snake looked like on Christopher Gadsden's own flag. He presented one to the South Carolina legislature, and I believe that it's preserved somewhere.
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