The Tree flag, also known as An Appeal to Heaven Flag
, was originally used by a squadron of six cruisers which were under George Washington's authority as Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in October 1775. Washington's secretary, Joseph Reed created and designed. The tree was orginally symbolic to New England the 16th century when 5 leaders of Iroquis Confedercy buried their weapons beneath a tree they planted to symbolize peace. Leading up to the Revolutionary war, the tree became a symbol of colonial ire and resistance as well as multi-tribal support of independence.