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General background about the South Carolina Flag

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South Carolina's state flag consists of a white palmetto tree on an indigo field. The canton contains a white crescent. The flag is a revised version of the 'unofficial' state flag used during the Revolutionary War.

  • MOTTO: "Prepared in Mind and Resources"
  • ENTERED UNION: May 23, 1788
  • FLAG ADOPTED: 1765 (Unofficial), (Revised and officially adopted in 1861)
  • COMMENTS: The flag of the state of South Carolina has existed in some form since 1775, being based on one of the first Revolutionary War flags.


The General Assembly adopted the current version of South Carolina’s flag on January 28, 1861. This version added the Palmetto tree to the design created by Colonel William Moultrie in 1775 for use by South Carolina troops during the Revolutionary War. Since there was no 'official' state flag at the time, 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 word 'Liberty' was removed from the revolutionary flag and the palmetto was added in 1861, it was then that the flag was officially adopted as the state flag. The palmetto was a reference to Moultrie's defense of Sullivan's Island; the fortress he'd constructed had survived largely because the palmettos, laid over sand walls, were able to withstand British cannons.


South Carolina Flag
State Flag, South Carolina




  • Sand-hills along the western edge of the coastal plain are the remains of beaches from an ancient sea that once covered the area.
  • Sullivan Island, off the coast of Charleston, is known as the Ellis Island of Slavery. It was here that more than 200,000 enslaved people from West Africa first set foot on American soil.
  • Before it became known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was known as the Iodine State because of the large quantities of this mineral found in its plants.
  • Francis Marion earned the nickname Swamp Fox for his legendary ability to stage raids against the British and then disappear into the swamps of southern South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.
  • The first French settlement in South Carolina was Parris Island, founded in 1562.
  • Fort Sumter is home to the first battle of the Civil War.


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