28 June 2017

The Palmetto Fort

28 June 1776  


On this date in 1776...

Patriot's commanded by William Moultrie defended a palmetto log fort on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina against an attack by the British fleet. The palmetto tree was added to South Carolina's flag in 1861 to commemorate Moultrie's heroic actions.

Carolina Day, observed every year on June 28 throughout South Carolina, commemorates the successful defeat of British land and naval forces by Carolina and Virginia patriots on 28 June 1776.


Other Years:

  • 1824 - Confederate General William T. Wofford was born in Habersham County, Georgia.
  • 1865 - The cruiser C.S.S. Shenandoah fired the last shot in defense of the Confederate States in the northern Pacific Ocean.
  • 1902 - The U.S. Congress authorized a $1 commemorative gold coin to support the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. 
  • 1935 - U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered a federal gold depository to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky to hold U.S. gold reserves and the gold the government had accumulate since banning private gold ownership by citizens.


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