1776 Cross Axe Tank Top
The The 1776 Cross Axe Tank Top is a tribute to the the story of George Washington as a boy cutting down the cherry tree. The story was written by Parson Mason Weems who invented several anecdotes about Washington’s early life to illustrate the origins of the heroic qualities Washington exhibited as an adult.
The 1776 Cross Axe Tank Top is a classic fit, cotton jersey knit top. It’s Quarter-turned, meaning that it eliminates the center crease.
• 100% jersey knit
• Classic fit
• Banded neck and arm holes
The The 1776 Cross Axe Tank Top is a tribute to the the story of George Washington as a boy cutting down the cherry tree. Written by Parson Mason Weems.
Mason Locke Weems, more commonly known as Parson Weems, was an American author who wrote several biographies of historical figures, the most famous of which was his 1800 biography of George Washington, The Life of Washington. Written a year after Washington’s death, Weems’s biography served as the point of origin for many long-held myths about Washington, in particular the famous cherry tree story.
In that vignette, a six year-old Washington, overly enthusiastic in the use of his new hatchet, cuts up his father’s prized young cherry tree. When the older Washington demands to know what happened to his tree, young George, “looking at his father with the sweet face of youth brightened with the inexpressible charm of all-conquering truth,” admits that it was his fault. His father is overjoyed with George’s expression of virtuous honesty, and all is forgiven.1 Weems is also considered the originator of the story of Washington praying at Valley Forge, as well as many other lesser-known mythological anecdotes that became part of Americans’ fundamental understanding of Washington.