Made in USA. Custom order. Heirloom flag. Printed on Dacron (sail cloth). First Pennsylvania Rifles Flag
AKA 1st Continental Regiment
Domari Nolo “I Refuse to be Subjugated”.
The 1st Pennsylvania Rifles were raised in 1775. A tough outfit, their motto was “I refuse to be subjugated,” in Latin Domari Nolo. Using the long rifle to deadly effect, they fought battles at Boston, Trenton, Princeton, Monmouth, Brandywine, Matson’s Ford, Stony Point, Springfield, Germantown. The 1st Pennsylvania wintered at Valley Forge with George Washington. Their flag flew at their camp.
“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 these Pennsylvania 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.
Their flag has been preserved so we can reproduce it faithfully. The center displays a lion facing a man with a net. The PM refers to “Pennsylvania Militia”, and the i R is 1st Rifles. The regiment’s motto is also displayed.
The origin of this flag’s design can be traced to the beginning of 1776 in the vicinity of Boston. Thompson’s Rifle Battalion, which later became the First Continental Regiment of the Continental Army, was reorganized on 1 January 1776. This unit, which had been raised in Pennsylvania in June of 1775, served with the Army during the siege of Boston from the summer of 1775 until mid-March of 1776 when it marched with the army to New York in pursuit of the British.
This flag is made to your order, so please allow about a week before shipping. It is American made of our toughest, most durable nylon fabric, with solid brass grommets. You won’t find a nylon flag with higher tensile and tear strength, yet it flies very well in the wind. It has excellent strength retention under UV exposure, and high resistance to UV fading. There is a one inch double edge fold with four rows of stitching on the fly edge.