Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fun with Flags...and Forts

South Carolina - State Flag

Sent by: 5 is Alive
From: Greenville, South Carolina, USA
For: Private swap
Notes: The crescent on the flag of South Carolina was designed by Colonel William Moultrie.  It matched the emblem worn on the hats of his troops.  The flag was first flown over Fort Johnson in 1775.  A palmetto tree was added to the flag in 1861 in reference to Moultrie's defense of Sullivan's Island, although a palmetto had been on the state seal since 1777.  In 2001, South Carolina's flag was named the 10th best designed state or provincial flag by the North American Vexillogical Association. Sounds like an organization that Sheldon Cooper might belong to.

USA US-526975 received 10-19-2009

Sent by: jbarbie23
From: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
ID number: US-526975
Notes: Fort Sumter, named after Revolutionary War hero General Thomas Sumter, was built following the War of 1812 to protect Charleston Harbor.  It is best known for the events of April 12, 1861, when Confederate troops fired on the Union troops occupying the fort.  This became the first shot of the Civil War.  The fort had a limited ammunition supply, and no fuses for their explosive shells, so the troops were rather ill-equipped to defend the fort.   After a 34 hour barrage by the Confederate batteries, the fort was surrendered and evacuated.  The fort is now a national monument, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

1 comment :

Ryan said...

True story--not one person was killed or wounded in the attack on Fort Sumter. A single horse was the only casualty. *nodding*