Flag of the Second Regiment Presented after the Battle on Sullivan's Island, 1776
After the 2nd Regiment defeated the British at Fort Moultrie (then called Fort Sullivan), Mrs. Bernard Elliott presented the 2nd Regiment with two flags. This is one of them (the other one has not survived). This flag was captured in 1779 by the British under General Augustine "Old Bullethead" Prevost during the Battle of Savannah. General Prevost's descendents offered to sell the flag to the Smithsonian Institution, and the Smithsonian joined with the State of South Carolina--each contributing half of the "ransom"--to bring the banner home. The flag now rotates between the South Carolina State Museum and the Smithsonian every five years.
"Second South Carolina Regiment Flag, 1776." Collection of the South Carolina State Museum. Columbia, South Carolina.
Standard 8-2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the American Revolution—the beginnings of the new American nation and South Carolina’s part in the development of that nation.
Indicator 8-2.1 Explain the interests and roles of South Carolinians in the events leading to the American Revolution, including the state’s reactions to the Stamp Act and the Tea Act; the role of Christopher Gadsden and the Sons of Liberty; and the role of the four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence—Edward Rutledge, Henry Middleton, Thomas Lynch Jr., and Thomas Heyward Jr.
Indicator 8-2.2 Compare the perspectives and roles of different South Carolinians during the American Revolution, including those of political leaders, soldiers, partisans, Patriots, Tories/Loyalists, women, African Americans, and Native Americans.
Indicator 8-2.3 Summarize the course and key conflicts of the American Revolution in South Carolina and its effects on the state, including the attacks on Charleston; the Battle of Camden; the partisan warfare of Thomas Sumter, Andrew Pickens, and Francis Marion; the Battle of Cowpens; and the Battle of Kings Mountain.
Note: Although this document was originally posted as part of a lesson specifically designed to teach the above standard(s), other Social Studies Standards may apply.
- Sullivan’s Island Map, Parts A and B
- “Some Rum For your Men: Charles Lee to William Moultrie, June 29, 1776”
- "This Was Our Situation: William Moultrie Memoir of June, 1775”
- “Command of the Cove: William Moultrie Memoir of December, 1776”
- “A Covering Party: Orders Issued by William Moultrie to ‘take post on Sullivan’s Island,’ January 10, 1776”
- “It Was Then Quite A Wilderness: Order Issued by the Council of Safety to William Moultrie to ‘prevent the enemy’s landing or passing by,’ January 12, 1776”
- “The Key of the Harbor: William Moultrie Memoir of March 2, 1776”
- “And Doubt Not: William Moultrie to John Rutledge, June 3, 1776”
- “Moultrie’s Account: William Moultrie Memoir of June 28, 1776”
- “There Were Never Colors More Honorably Supported: William Moultrie Memoir of July 1, 1776”
- “A View of the Attack Made by the British Fleet Under the Command of Sir Peter Parker Against Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, June 28 1776”
- “Cool and Do Mischief: John Rutledge to William Moultrie, June 28, 1776”
- Second Regiment Flag