For historical reasons, the Gadsden flag is still popularly flown in Charleston, South Carolina, the city where Colonel Christopher Gadsden first presented the flag, and where it was commonly used during the American Revolution, along with the blue and white crescent flag of pre-Civil War South Carolina. This was recorded in the South Carolina congressional journals on February 9, 1776.
The flag was designed by and is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag. It was the first flag ever carried into battle by the United States Marine Corps, during the American Revolution.