In 1775 the Minutemen of Culpeper County, Virginia, decided on a flag that looked much like the famous “Don’t Tread On Me” flag created by the patriot from South Carolina and Tea Party instigator Christopher Gadsden. However, the famous words of Virginia militia Colonel Patrick Henry “Liberty or Death” were included on the flag to match their revolutionary outfits.
The unique rattlesnake design is present on several American Revolutionary War flags. The rattlesnake's eye, supposedly brighter than any other creature's and with no eyelids, is the symbol of vigilance. It is said that the snake never begins an attack, but once aroused it never surrenders. The snake was also portrayed with 13 rattles, symbolic of the 13 American colonies.