John Paul Jones “I have not yet begun to fight!” Shirt
Our original design, with John Paul Jones holding his saber aloft, with the Serapis flag tied to it, striding proudly printed on the front, and on the back of the shirt, his famous quote and other things from his life.
The shirt: Your choice of fabrics and colors:
- 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt in Heather grey. Grown, knitted, dyed, and sewn in the USA. 4.4 oz Your best choice if you're looking for a 100% Made in the USA shirt. S- 3X. See size chart.
- Our standard 4.3 oz. poly-cotton shirt in Light blue heather that gets rave reviews for being so soft. It is very high-quality and long-wearing. It's also our thinnest and lightest. Lots of people love them, which you can see in the reviews, but if you judge t-shirt quality based on weight or thickness, do not get this one. Instead, get the 100% cotton shirt above. If you're looking for our softest shirt, the one people rave about, this is the one. S - 3X. See size chart.
Comes with a special hang tag written by author J.L. Bell that includes a historical background about John Paul Jones's immortal quote, "I have not yet begun to fight!" The full text is below.
Historical Background Behind the Design
John Paul, born in Scotland in 1747, went to sea at thirteen. By his early twenties, he was a captain - with a reputation for harshness after he killed a sailor in a fight over wages. To avoid legal troubles, John Paul adopted the surname "Jones" and sailed to America.
When thirteen British colonies allied to seek independence, John Paul Jons offered his maritime experience to their Continental Congress. As hard as Jones fought British armed ships, however, he feuded with other American captains more. Eventually Captain Jones was sent off to hunt British shipping in the eastern Atlantic alongside the French navy.
Jones's most famous fight was a ferocious battle off the English coast in September 1779. Invited to surrender his ship Bonhomme Richard, he declared, "I have not yet begun to fight," and captured the Royal Navy's Serapis. Jones sailed his new flagship into a neutral Dutch port.
At the time, American diplomats in Europe understood their flag to have a blue canton with thirteen white stars and "thirteen stripes, alternatively red, white, and blue." So that was how the Serapis's new flag was entered into Dutch records - not in accord with the Congress's 1777 guidelines.
At the end of the Revolutionary War, Jones received a French knighthood and became an admiral for Russia, but he still got into controversies. The mariner died on an American diplomatic mission in France in 1792. Historians drew on his reports and memoirs to make John Paul Jones a signal hero of the U.S. Navy
— John Bell, author, The Road to Concord and Boston1775.
And thanks also to John for recommending the Serapis flag.
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December 15 at 3 pm Eastern: Our recommended deadline for domestic Christmas delivery via USPS. While we can't guarantee delivery regardless of carrier, our hope is that if you order by December 15, USPS will have been able to get orders to domestic addresses by Christmas. However, regardless of when you order, we strongly recommend UPS.
December 19 at 3 pm Eastern: Our recommended deadline for UPS 3 Day Select.
December 22 at 3 pm Eastern: Our recommended deadline for UPS Overnight delivery.
Our recommendation for shipping during the holidays
While we don't know what this year will look like, during the 2021 holiday, a larger number of packages got stuck for days and weeks at some USPS sorting hubs. While we didn't see this over the 2022 holiday, we strongly recommend selecting UPS during the holidays.
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$8.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.
UPS 3 Business Day Select
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Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge. If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.
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All original designs are copyrighted by The History List
All original designs are copyrighted by The History List
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Light, airy, and patriotic! This shirt, any many others I’ve purchased through The History List, are always high quality & comfortable…I highly recommend.
Great shirt! Quick shipping. Great quality! My son was very excited to receive this shirt.
Every item I have bought has been great. This one is no exception.
Got it as a gift for my father who is Revolutionary War reenactor, and history buff. He loved it.
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