back to 1765, the South Carolina State Flag
reminds us of its role in the American
Revolution and maintains its place in the annals
of the Civil War with a design that was
formulated as a National banner when the state
seceded from the union on December 20, 1860.
of the current state flag were first seen in
1765, on a banner carried by South Carolina
protesters of the Stamp Act. The banner that the
protesters hoisted displayed three white
crescents on a blue background. Ten years later
in 1775, Colonel William Moultrie was asked by
the South Carolina Revolutionary Council of
Safety to design a banner for the use of South
Carolina troops. Colonel Moultrie chose a simple
and direct design that displayed the crescent
(new moon on a blue field. The new flag was the
same blue color of the soldier's uniforms and
the silver crescent echoed the symbol that the
soldiers wore on the front of their caps.
years later, South Carolina seceded from the
Union it had fought to create. A new banner was
needed to fly above the newly created nation.
Many designs were reviewed but the General
Assembly settled on one simple change to
Moultrie's Revolutionary War design. A Palmetto
tree was added and centered on the blue field.
The Palmetto, the South Carolina State Tree, had
been attributed as instrumental in Colonel
Moultrie's defense of Sullivan's Island against
an attack by British warships in June, 1776.
Cannonballs fired at the fort from the British
ships could not destroy the walls of the fort
which were built of Palmetto logs. Instead, the
cannonballs simply sank into the soft, tough
flag that flies over the state of South Carolina
today is of the same design that flew over the
independent South Carolina during the Civil War.
want more information on the State Flags of the
United States, you might want to check
How Proudly They Wave: Flags of the Fifty States by Rita D. Haban. This book is
geared toward kids... and for adults like me who
want to know about the history and design
significance of the flags of all fifty states
but can't find this information in an expensive