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
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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