Patriots in the Pink!

As we gather together from sea to shining sea this weekend for fireworks, fellowship, and flag waving celebrating our nation’s birth, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the “pertinent pinks” that were a major contributor to the mission of independence our Founding Fathers embarked upon.

Hence – our Founding Mothers!

Abigail Adams – portrait above in blue, white, and an elegant pink sash – the much acclaimed (and rightly so) wife, confidant, and inspiration to one of our most passionate and tireless patriots, John Adams, of Massachusetts, often reminded him, “John, don’t forget the ladies!”

No, Abigail, we will not.

Plenty of pink to be had in the drama of our founding era.  Abigail, herself, is worthy of a series of posts on her own contributions, but I will direct my spotlight this weekend to another Pink Patriot, Betsy Ross – she who led the armies of General George Washington into battle – with a needle and thread.

Betsy was an accomplished seamstress from childhood, originally married to an upholsterer, John Ross.  They were married at Christ Church – just a hop, skip, and jump down the street from Independence Hall in Philadelphia – and a short block away from her home at the time.  John joined the Pennsylvania militia once their upholstery shop suffered financially due to the early rumblings of war.   In January of 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed, while Congress was in hot debate as to secede from England or not, John Ross was killed in an explosion at an ammunition storehouse.  Now widowed, Betsy continued to run the upholstery shop – which was basically a place where all manner of sewing jobs were performed.

The story goes that General Washington was in Philadelphia to discuss the need for a Colonies’ standard under which to muster the troops should war be declared and revolution upon them.  A flag that was distinctly their own representing the thirteen colonies banding together for independence was wanted, setting the colonists apart from the British Union  Jack.  He had come up with the colors – red, white, and blue – and a basic idea of stars and stripes.  But, who could fashion such a design?

It so happened that serving on this particular committee with Washington was George Ross – Betsy’s uncle.  That winter, shortly after the loss of her husband, Uncle George, Washington, and Robert Morris visited Betsy at her home in a hushed meeting to discuss this idea of a flag.  They could be arrested for treason should news of this plan fall into British hands.  Betsy actually rented some rooms in her home to British soldiers to help make ends meet.

At this meeting, Washington delivered his ideas and Betsy listened carefully to his thoughts on the red and white stripes and white six-pointed stars on a blue field.  She was not impressed.

“Wouldn’t it be altogether easier and more pleasing to the eye to have a five pointed star, General?”

“Five points?  How would such a thing be fashioned?”

Deftly, Betsy folded a piece of cloth in a seemingly random manner, then clipped the end and opened out a perfect five point star!

SOLD!  The job and design goes to the Patriot in Pink!  And, Betsy went to work straightaway – in secret – tucked behind a locked door in her bedchamber so as to not be seen by the British under her roof.   A brave woman, she even made bullets to support the Revolution in a secret section of her basement right under the nose of the Redcoats!

The flag was finished in late May/early June just in time for the reading aloud of the Declaration of Independence in July at Independence Hall.  Bells rang out – three cheers for the red, white, blue, and PINK!

The flag was formally adopted as the nation’s standard a year later in June, 1777:

“Resolved:  That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
So, I honor good Betsy, a Pink Patriot amid a sea of Blue Revolutionaries.  We all do well to “remember the ladies” – because the birth of our nation was made up of Founding MOTHERS as well as Fathers – appointed and anointed to play their part on the world stage by Divine Providence – God at the helm – to Him be all glory, honor, and praise!
Happy 4th of July all you Pink Patriots out there!
This Patriotic Pink post is shared today with

Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Ginger & Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays

Oh! don’t miss my special tribute to the 4th:  His Story Speaks for Itself! – features historic Founder’s quotes and vintage images.  Have a safe and joyful holiday weekend!

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. A wonderful piece of history..thank you for sharing it…have a great fourth of July weekend..be safe my dear..Janice

  2. Hi Kathryn

    Love this little bit of history interspersed with the pink theme. That photo of you is great! Where do you live? In Philadelphia? At least that’s where I imagine:)

    Leann

  3. Love this post! I am a fan of the founding mothers – brave women all!

    Deanna

  4. Miss Kathy,

    This was the most interesting and informative post. I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know this *colorful* history about Betsy Ross! Hip, hip, hooray for PINK power!

    GOD BLESS!

  5. Amen!….
    A fabulous post indeed…
    Have a pinkishly beautiful Independence Day weekend.

  6. Love this: yes, we should hear more from our Founding Mothers! Hooray, Happy Fourth to you, too. We have a daughter born on the 4th – with fireworks celebrations for her every year.

  7. Thanks for stopping by. Great blog, enjoyed reading it. I am following you now. Have a nice July 4th weekend.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  8. I love this! When I saw that Pink Saturday was to be combined with a red,white, and blue celebration, I couldn’t think of how to do it well.

    You did a BANG up job! (get it? bang? oh never mind…)

    Abigail Adams happens to be my favorite pink patriot. I feel in love with her in the movie 1776 as a little girl and have always loved reading about her and from her (letters)

    The story of Betsy Ross was made even better with the tidbit about boarding British soldiers.

    And I also have to tell you how much I loved the post below this. I’m a word person, and you quoted some of my favorite patriots.

    I hope you have a wonderful 4th!

  9. Betsy was a very clever woman! I love history and this was very enjoyable to read. Loved seeing you as Betsy! Thank you for this beautiful post. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend! Twyla

  10. Miss Kathy, well done. What a lovely post honoring our pink patriots. Hugs!

  11. Thank you for the history lesson – very interesting. Happy 4th of July and PS!

  12. Oh, Miss Kathy! I’ve been to the Betsy Ross house and have heard these stories before. No matter how many times I read about the Founding men AND women of our great nation I am awed by their convictions, patriotism and deeply held Faith. Thank you for such a wonderful reminder, complete with ‘visuals’…lol. You look charming in your period costume 🙂
    Shawn

  13. What a fun and educational Pink Saturday. Such intriguing pictures. And perfect timing on this happy patriotic holiday for the whole family – I hope your weekend is full of fun music, memories and lots of fireworks for all – kids thru seniors. 🙂

  14. Thanks for the history of Betsy Ross. It is great to read more details about the making of our first flag.
    Thanks for your comment on my lavender post. I’m so glad it inspired you to plant your own lavender. Your comment has inspired me!
    Some of our plants are about 3′ across, but you can keep it smaller, and you will get a lot of
    lavender from one plant.
    Enjoy your lavender!
    ~ Julie

  15. Such an interesting post. Loved it!

  16. Betsy’s story is truly amazing. There was much in here I didn’t know. Thank you for sharing! Happy Independence Day, Kathryn.

  17. We often forget the part women played in our founding. Thank you for sharing this.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  18. You make a great Betsy! I also have to laugh because I have that same picnic basket.

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