At the Virginia convention held May 1775, The Colony was divided into 16 districts and each district instructed to raise and discipline a battalion of men "to march at a minute's notice.”
On July 17, 1775 a cadre of 350 men called the Culpeper Minute Men were organized under a large oak tree in "Clayton's old field"
They adopted uniforms consisting of hunting shirts of strong, brown lines, dyed with an extract of the leaves of trees. On the breast of each shirt was worked in large white letters the words: "LIBERTY OR DEATH."
Their flag had a rattlesnake with 13 rattles, coiled in the center, ready to strike. Underneath it were the words: "DON'T TREAD ON ME." On either side were the words: "LIBERTY OR DEATH." And at the top "THE CULPEPER MINUTE MEN."
No sooner were they formed than the companies of Culpeper Minute Men were absorbed into regiments of the Continental Line, and by Act of Assembly in October 1776, they were dissolved and merged into the militia. Many went on to serve, and die in places like Valley Forge.
As with much of the art created in an era long before “cut-n-paste”, many versions exist. The snake and the text on our “Liberty or Death” T-shirts are inspired from some of the more rare versions of this original artwork.
The Superweight T-Shirt, as the name implies, is our heaviest construction. Using our standard Cut-N-Sew pattern engineering, this 100% ring spun cotton T weighs in at a whopping 7.5 oz. and is perfect when warmth, concealment, and durability are desired. As with all the Magpul T’s the Superweight is finished with our own rib collar and custom neck tape.