"Don't give up the ship", was the the dying command of Captain James Lawrence in 1813 aboard USS Chesapeake as he and the crew heroically fought the Royal Navy in the War of 1812. The words of Lawrence’s last spoken command soon became a battle cry throughout the American fleet, most famously as the motto emblazoning Oliver Hazard Perry’s battle flag at the Battle of Lake Erie. It's this image that is featured on the back of this American-made tee.
On the front, we have featured the 15 star, 15 stripe flag flown from 1795-1818. This was the only U.S. flag to have fifteen stripes. In 1818, Congress proclaimed that one star for each new state would be added on the 4th of July following the state's admission to the union and there would be thirteen stripes representing the thirteen original colonies. The 15 star flag flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and inspired the writing of the National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.