Snaps from Fort Moultrie

Fort Moultrie is located on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, built to protect Charleston, South Carolina. The first fort was built of native palmetto logs which inspired the flag and nickname of South Carolina as “The Palmetto State”. It is named for the commander in the Battle of Sullivan’s Island against the British, Major General William Moultrie.

The remains of Major General William Moultrie were recovered from Windsor Hill Plantation in Charleston County and reinterred a short distance from Fort Moultrie in 1978.
The gravesite is located a few steps from the intracoastal waterway (The Cove) on the southern end of Sullivan’s Island.
Major General William Moultrie 1730-1805

Commander of
Second South Carolina Regiment
During the Battle of Sullivan’s Island
June 28, 1776

When offered inducements by Lord Charles
Hontagu to desert the American cause,
General Moultrie replied “…You have forgot
to tell me how I am to get rid of the
feelings of an injured honest heart, and
where to hide myself from myself… this would
be a fatal exchange from my present situation
with an easy and approved conscience of
having done my duty, and conducted myself
as a man of honor.”

Main entrance to Fort Moultrie.
Exterior wall, facing south at main entrance.
Exterior wall, facing north at main entrance.
Gravesite of Seminole Indian leader Osceola, misspelled here on his grave marker. He was born Little Owl, taking Asiyahola as his adult Indian name. He was captured and imprisoned at Fort Moultrie in 1838. The grave is directly outside of the fort’s main entrance.
Held captive from January 1, 1838 until death on the 30th.
Entering the fort.
A short walking tour inside of the main entrance includes ammunition and powder rooms.
The flag flying at the fort as it was in 1795. The 15 Star – 15 Stripe, representing the 15 states.
Inside the fort, where cannons are aimed onto Charleston harbor.



Stella Maris Roman Catholic church in the background. The current structure was completed in 1873 and used bricks in its construction from ruined walls of Fort Moultrie.
A tripod used in the maintenance and mounting of cannons.


View from Fort Moultrie, looking across the harbor entrance you can see Fort Sumter.


Main exit leaving the open grounds of the fort.
Exterior wall of Fort Moultrie facing Charleston harbor.

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