South Carolina State Flag Frequent Questions Answered

Who designed the South Carolina Flag?

In 1775, Colonel William Moultrie was asked by the Revolutionary Council of Safety to design a flag for the South Carolina troops to use during the American Revolutionary War. Moultrie’s design had the blue of the militia’s uniforms and the crescent. It was first flown at Fort Johnson. This flag was flown in the defense of a new fortress on Sullivan’s Island, when Moultrie went up against a British fleet that had not lost a battle in a century. Soon popularly known as either the Liberty Flag or Moultrie Flag, it became the standard of the South Carolinian militia, and was presented in Charleston, by Major General Nathanael Greene, when the city was liberated at the end of the war. Greene described it as having been the first American flag to fly over the South. The current state flag of South Carolina (with the Palmetto tree) was officially adopted on January 28, 1861.

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What do the details on the South Carolina Flag represent?

The Palmetto Tree is a sign of strength for South Carolina.  It represents the defense of Fort Moultrie, which was constructed of palmetto logs, on Sullivan’s Island from British attack in June 28, 1776.  The reason the logs protected the fort is because the Palmetto does not have rings like a typical tree.  Therefore the cannonballs that were fired on Fort Moultrie did not break through the fort but stayed embedded in the walls. The second image on the flag is the crescent. The meaning of the crescent shape actually isn’t known for certain.  There are two possible things that it could be. The first option is that it is a gorget, which was the crescent worn on the caps of the South Carolina revolutionary soldiers.  This version is actually what most people believe. The other choice seems to make a lot of sense too, though.  In European history, the crescent was a symbol that represented towns founded on the banks of a river loop.  Charleston, or Charlestown, was the founding city of what became South Carolina, and was established on a “loop” of the Ashley River.  So the image on the state flag could represent the founding city of Charlestown.

How am I supposed to fly my South Carolina flag with my United States Flag?

When flying the South Carolina flag with the flag of the United States on the same pole, the flag of United States must always be at the top and the South Carolina flag should be the same size or smaller. When It is flown on separate poles, the South Carolina flag will be to the right of the flag of the United States situating the U.S. flag in the position of honor, which is to the observer’s left of the other flags.

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