3x5' dyed nylon finished with heading and grommets.
Domari Nolo "I Refuse to be Subjugated"
And man o man did they ever refuse to be subjugated. These guys
were everywhere. They were important in Washington's siege of Boston. They
stayed behind and were the last to leave after covering the main army's
dangerous nick of time retreat from Long Island. They crossed the Delaware with
Washington. They were "at Brandywine,
Germantown, Monmouth, and every major skirmish, and battle all the way to
where they fought “the most important part of the siege” according to General
Steuben. They saw Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown and this flag was there.
These guys saw action in every one of the original 13 colonies.
“P.M. 1st. Rt” is
said to mean “Pennsylvania Militia 1st Regiment.1 It is not clear to me however
why the term militia applies to them. Congress authorized by resolution that companies of
riflemen be raised and formed into a rifle battalion. These men were therefore
not Pennsylvania Militia. They were raised and organized by Congress, not the
Pennsylvania state government. As this new page gets exposed to the internet and
more knowledgeable people send in responses regarding this question, I will post
those responses here.
What is with all the confusing names? Writes Mr. Sisca in the
article referenced below, "On January 1, 1776 there was a reorganization of the
Continental Army, and Thompson’s Rifle Battalion became the First Continental
Regiment" The flag is believed to have been created after March 8 of that year.
Other names you will also find referring to this unit are The Pennsylvania Battalion of Riflemen
and Thompson's Rifles.
1) There is a wonderful article by
David Sisca about the flag in which the unit is called
the "First Regiment of the
Continental Line of The United States of America, Formerly Thompson’s
Pennsylvania Rifle Battalion". It is on the web site of the American
Tactical Shooting Association, featured article 09-2004, "Standard of the First
Regiment of the Continental Line of The United States of America, Formerly
Thompson's Pennsylvania Rifle Battalion"
This flag is a wonderful example of how ongoing research
sometimes causes us to rethink our ideas as to historical flag designs. See Mr.
Sisca's article for well done explanation of this puzzle. This flag was a long
time stock item in the product line of the old
Dettra Flag Company for whom we were a dealer. Back then they produced it
not only in nylon but also in cotton! Since Dettra ceased operations we've had
requests for this flag but no other flag manufacturer has ever made it for
retail distribution; we had no other source. Now we've brought it back to life
as a stock item in the now known to be correct version.