The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950

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RUDOLPH L. BIESELE, Editor
American and French Flags of The Revolution, 1775-1783. By
Frank Earle Schermerhorn. Philadelphia (Pennsylvania So-
ciety of Sons of the Revolution), 1948. Pp. 148. Illustrations
in color.
Five years passed from the time this work was begun as a
project by the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution
until its publication in 1948. The author pays tribute to Thomas
Hart, president of the Society from 1943 to 1946, in whose ad-
ministration the project was set up, to the Publication Commit-
tee of five members of the Society appointed in 1946 which saw
the book through to publication, and to Stanley Edwards White-
way, "whose skillful drawings have made the illustrations in this
book possible." The author states the purpose of the book to be
"an attempt to popularize the subject of the regimental and
other flags of our Revolutionary War, examining, however, the
story of each flag in a semi-judicious manner, stating fact coldly
where it can or has been ascertained, but presenting also (care-
fully labelled as such) some of the traditions and rumor, the
possible and the probable, associated with the particular flag."
The book is divided into two parts. Part I contains a descrip-
tion of thirty-seven American flags, together with color plates of
all of them except the Betsy Ross flag (so-called), while Part II
contains a description of twenty-two French flags, together with
color plates of fifteen of them. In Part I the first flag to be de-
scribed and discussed is The Stars and Stripes which Betsy (Eliza-
beth Griscom) Ross, the wife of John Ross, by "strong, persisting
family tradition," designed "in her fascinating house on Arch
Street in Philadelphia." Then there is General Schuyler's Betsy
Ross Flag in which the thirteen stars in the blue canton are
arranged in a circle rather than in three horizontal rows of four,
five, and four stars as in the first Stars and Stripes. The Conti-
nental Navy's flag with the coiled rattlesnake with thirteen rattles
and the legend, "Don't Tread on Me," had its counterpart in
another rattlesnake flag with the same caution but with the snake

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