The Palmetto tree thrives along the South Carolina coast due to its tolerance to salt spray and cold. The Palmetto Palm became the state tree and adorned the state flag some years after the Battle of Fort Moultrie in 1776. Earlier that year, a crude palmetto log fort had been built on Sullivan’s Island as a first line of defense for Charleston. On June 28, the formidable British fleet attacked and a small American force, led by Colonel William Moultrie, held its position despite all-day shelling. Even though the British had far superior firepower at their disposal, the spongy palmetto logs and sand that comprised the American fort absorbed most of the enemy shells before they could explode.
Signed artist's print 4x6 with 5x7 mat
Art by George Roberts
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