1968 6¢ Historic American Flags: Fort Moultrie
US #1345 – from the Historic Flags issue

On June 28, 1776, American forces won their first decisive victory of the Revolutionary War at Sullivan’s Island.

1930 2¢ Carolina-Charleston Issue
US #683 was issued for the 250th anniversary of the city of Charleston.

During the second year of the Revolutionary War, South Carolina patriots began work on a fort to guard the important port city of Charleston. While the fort was still under construction, British troops arrived on June 28, 1776, and began a full-scale bombardment.

1988 25¢ Bicentenary Statehood: South Carolina Statehood
US #2343 – South Carolina bicentennial stamp picturing palmetto trees.

To the surprise of the British, the fort, which was made of palmetto logs, did not fall. In fact, their cannon balls simply bounced off of the soft wood. Colonel William Moultrie and his 400 patriots spent the day fighting off their attackers, forcing them to retreat with their ships badly damaged.

It was America’s first decisive victory over the British Navy and a major morale booster. Additionally, the palmetto tree came to represent South Carolina on its flag and other devices as a result of this battle.

2016 Fort Moultrie-Fort Sumter National Monument Quarter, D Mint
Item #CNSCFM25D – Fort Moultrie National Park Quarter from the Denver Mint

Prior to the battle, Moultrie had designed his own flag to fly above the fort. When it was shot down during the fighting, Sergeant William Jasper ran to the pole amid heavy fire and rose it again, rallying the troops. He was later awarded for his bravery.

2016 Fort Moultrie-Fort Sumter National Monument Quarter, P Mint
Item #CNSCFM25P – Fort Moultrie Quarter from the Philadelphia Mint

The fort was then named in Moultrie’s honor for his brave leadership during the battle. The British targeted the fort again in 1780 during their siege of Charleston. That time, they were much more successful and captured the entire American army stationed there.

When the war ended and British troops left Charleston in 1782, Nathanael Greene presented Moultrie’s flag to the city, claiming it was the first American flag to fly over the South.

1976 13¢ State Flags: South Carolina
US #1640 – South Carolina’s palmetto flag was inspired by this battle.

Click here to visit the National Park Service website for this fort, which is part of the Fort Sumter National Monument.

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  1. Didn’t that flag actually originate from Revolution history, looks very familiar? Meaning not just something SC thought up out of the blue afterwards. Good grouping today, this genre of stamps always noteworthy.

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