Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island
When I was a young girl, I joined the Girl Scouts. I learned a lot from that experience.
One of the things that stands out is a trip that we took to Savannah to visit the Juliette Gordon Low house. Mrs. Low was the founder of the Girl Scouts. During this trip, we took a tour of nearby Fort Pulaski. It is difficult to put into words how that experience affected me, but it did.
I remember standing in marshy grass and the guide giving us history on a battle that took place there. Suddenly, words from my history book came alive. I was standing right where things we were learning had happened. It was both mind-boggling and breathtaking. My vivid imagination could picture the words the guide was painting. It touched some deep part of my soul and gave me a thirst for learning. Not just about battles, but anything historical.
It’s something that has never left me.
We had no intention of doing anything “touristy” while we were on vacation. In fact, we were only going into town to eat dinner when we passed a sign for Fort Moultrie. Without any words passing between us, The Dane turned on the signal and took me for a visit.
The Visitor’s Center was closed, but the fort was open for viewing. We decided without much discussion that we would get out and walk around.
The most formidable part of Fort Moultrie is Battery Jasper. Battery Jasper is the black portion in the pictures. It was originally named Battery Sergeant Jasper, named for Sergeant William Jasper, 2nd South Carolina Regiment, Continental Army. During an attack on June 28, 1776 from the British fleet on then Fort Sullivan (now Fort Moultrie), Jasper heroically restored the flag to the fort. The flag had been shot away by a cannon ball from a British Ship.
At that time, the fort was unfinished. Troops stood behind a palmetto log wall to defend the city of Charleston. Colonel William Moultrie had been previously warned that the British would attack and told that the fort wouldn’t be able to withstand the fight. Moultrie dug in his heels and decided to stay. For nine hours, the cannon balls flew. Interestingly, the fort held as the rubbery palmetto logs soaked up the impact of the balls like a sponge. These logs from the fort are the inspiration behind the Palmetto tree on the South Carolina flag. Before we went to Fort Moultrie, I just thought the tree was on the flag because they line the coast. Now I know.
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