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Palmetto: Symbol of Courage

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South Carolina has a beautiful indigo blue state flag with a white palmetto tree in the center and a white crescent in the left corner. In Palmetto—Symbol of Courage Kate tells the story of an important battle between patriots in a little fort made of palmetto logs and a powerful British fleet determined to capture the port of Charleston for the King of England. The little fort on Sullivan's Island was hastily built under the leadership of Col. William Moultrie, and was completed just before the nine heavily ...
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Overview

South Carolina has a beautiful indigo blue state flag with a white palmetto tree in the center and a white crescent in the left corner. In Palmetto—Symbol of Courage Kate tells the story of an important battle between patriots in a little fort made of palmetto logs and a powerful British fleet determined to capture the port of Charleston for the King of England. The little fort on Sullivan's Island was hastily built under the leadership of Col. William Moultrie, and was completed just before the nine heavily armed ships entered the harbor. The fleet opened fire on the fort in early morning on June 28, 1776, but the ships' cannonballs did only minor damage because the palmetto logs were soft and spongy and absorbed most of the cannonballs, leaving few casualties. The patriots made almost every shot count and crippled several ships, killed many sailors and generally caused the fleet to limp out of the harbor—badly defeated. The crescent on the flag represents the gorget which was on the helmets of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment which manned the fort so courageously that day. This victory for the patriots was the first in the southern campaign of the Revolution.
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The Post and Courier (SC)
Have you ever wondered why the palmetto tree is on our state flag? Palmetto - Symbol of Courage answers that question and more. This book describes the "David and Goliath" Revolutionary War battle that took place at Fort Moultrie. Even though the British had more cannons the patriots defeated the British. This picture book is jam-packed with facts and excitement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966711448
  • Publisher: Warbranch Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 647,512
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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