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“WE have been afraid to think. We have felt a reluctance to examining into the grounds of our privileges, and the extent in which we have an indisputable right to demand them against all the power and authority, on earth. And many who have not scrupled to examine for themselves, have yet for certain prudent reasons been cautious, and diffident of declaring the result of their enquiries.” John Adams A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law, No 4

The attached image is the regimental flag of the First Virginia Regiment. The colors are also known as the “Hanover Flag.” The regiment, also known as the “Shirtmen,” were authorized on July 17, 1775. Under the command of Patrick Henry, the regiment included 2 rifle companies and 6 musket companies. The regiment fought against Lord Dunmore and his troops in Norfolk, Jamestown, and Hampton. They combined with Virginia’s Second Regiment to defeat British troops at the Battle of Great Bridge. Within 6 months of the battle, Dunmore had fled Virginia. 
The current First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line conducts reenactments. What an amazing opportunity to educate yourself and your children about the American Revolution. Visit their website at:

Please take a moment to consider the statement made by John Adams. Have you been afraid to consider how your rights have been eroded? Are you afraid to voice your opinions and speak out? The First Amendment guarantees your right to the freedom of political expression. Perhaps it is time to seize the moment and do just that. 


Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D. – Get your copy of my book: Everyone’s Guide to the Constitution: