Gadsden flag

The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike.  Positioned below the snake is the legend “DON’T TREAD ON ME.”

Gadsden flag

The flag was designed by and it named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden.  It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag.  It was the first flag ever carried into battle by the United States Marine Corps, during the American Revolution.