The Tree Flag (or Appeal to Heaven Flag) was one of the flags used during the American Revolution. The flag, featuring a pine tree flag with the motto “An Appeal to God,” or, more usually, “An Appeal to Heaven,” was used originally by a squadron of six cruisers commissioned under George Washington’s authority as commander in chief of the Continental Army in October 1775. The design of the flag came from General Washington’s secretary, Colonel Joseph Reed. In a letter dated October 20, 1775 Colonel Reed suggested a “…flag with a white ground and a tree in the middle, the motto AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN” be used for the ships Washington commissioned.
A British Brigantine named the “Nancy” was captured by one of our cruisers. On board were muskets, flint, gun powder, and other supplies in abundance. This was the greatest capture of the entire Revolution.
Psalm 76:7-9 (NLT)
No wonder you are greatly feared!
Who can stand before you when your anger explodes?
From heaven you sentenced your enemies;
the earth trembled and stood silent before you.
You stand up to judge those who do evil, O God,
and to rescue the oppressed of the earth. Interlude
We appeal to heaven for the establishment of Your kingdom in the United States of America as it is in heaven. You are greatly to be feared. Who can stand before You? From heaven, You sentence Your enemies in the United States. You judge those who do evil and rescue the oppressed. Raid the supplies of the enemies of Your kingdom for its establishment in the United States. Amen.