The Appeal To Heaven Flag was white with an evergreen tree in the middle and the words “An Appeal To Heaven” stitched across it.
The year was 1775 and it was the beginning of the American Revolution. General George Washington took it upon himself to commission 6 privately owned schooners and start his own navy, it was to be called “Washington’s Secret Navy”. All boats were to have “An Appeal To Heaven” flag, also known as “Washington’s Cruiser Flag”, on them. As time passed this flag was also flown on river banks, floating batteries, battlefields, in towns, and in Philadelphia, the capitol.
The phrase was created by John Locke a great English Philosopher based on “Natural Laws” a system of right and justice common to all mankind and the only judge is our creator. It connotes that when mankind’s rights are taken from him, and when all resources and justices on earth are exhausted, that only an appeal to heaven remains as our final judge. John Locke used this as an expression of the “Right of Revolution”, meaning it is the right or duty of the people of a nation to overthrow a government that acts against their common interest. This is the way it was used in the American Revolution.