Fort Moultrie I | History of SC Slide Collection

The heroic defense of the fort on Sullivan's Island from a determined attack in June 1776, by a British Fleet under Sir Peter Parker (see Sir Peter Parker) gave South Carolina its state symbol. The fort, built of porous palmetto logs, successfully withstood the heavy bombardment. Grateful patriots made the palmetto tree their symbol (see South Carolina State Seal).

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