South Carolina Flag
State flag of South Carolina
|Adopted||January 28, 1861|
South Carolina flag
The state flag of South Carolina consists of a dark blue field with a white Sabal palmetto in the centre and a white crescent in the upper hoist corner.
South Carolina state flag
South Carolina flag colors - meaning
Palmetto tree: symbolizes Colonel Moultrie's heroic defense of the palmetto-log fort on Sullivan's Island against the attack of the British fleet on June 28, 1776.
white crescent: symbolizes progress and peace
South Carolina Flag - History
In 1775, Colonel William Moultrie designed 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 faced off against a British fleet that had not lost a battle in a century.
The General Assembly adopted the current version of South Carolina’s flag on January 28, 1861. This version added the Palmetto tree to the original design by Colonel William Moultrie in 1775 for use by South Carolina troops during the Revolutionary War. Colonel Moultrie chose a blue color which matched the color of their uniforms and a crescent which reproduced the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps. The palmetto tree symbolized Colonel Moultrie's heroic defense of the palmetto-log fort on Sullivan's Island against the attack of the British fleet on June 28, 1776.