The name might not be recognizable, but you’ve probably seen a Gadsden flag, typically yellow with a coiled rattlesnake and the warning “Don’t tread on me.”
The flag was flown by colonists rebelling against British rule. And more recently, it’s become the adopted symbol of the Tea parties and conservative Republicans, prompting questions as to whether it’s an appropriate theme for merchandise sold at the Gettysburg battlefield bookstore.
There shoppers will find Gadsden flag shot glasses, mugs, magnets and pins. The souvenirs are the only items representing the Revolutionary War sold in the bookstore, said an employee. Mostly, the store offers merchandise that speaks to historic events a century later.
“It isn’t sold in a historically relevant context,” said Paul Gioni, a battlefield enthusiast from Mahwah, N.J., who contacted the National Park Service and The Evening Sun after visiting the park recently. “This is blatantly political merchandise.”
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