Liberty or Death (For Light Shirts)
The Gadsden flag was incorporated into many of the militias flags during the Revolutionary war, but only the Culpepper Minutemen added the words, "Liberty or Death." This was because of Patrick Henry, a fellow Virginian. When he was serving in the House of Burgesses in 1775, they convened a session in Richmond to avoid the Royal Governor on the coast in the capitol of Williamsburg. Many were advising patience, waiting for a response from the King on the Governor's latest request for reconciliation. Henry rose to speak and His Words would soon echo throughout the Colonies. Right after he spoke the House rose in unison to to direct an emissary be sent to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to propose Independence for the Colonies. Massachusetts had been proposing Independence for years, but most colonies looked on them as constant complainers. However, when Virginia proposed, it was seriously debated. A committee was formed to write a Declaration and over time it led directly to July 4, 1776. What so moved the House. "Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty or Give me Death.