Located off the coast of Charleston is a grouping of citadels called Fort Moultrie, named for General William Moultrie after the Battle of Sullivan’s Island. The entire history of sea-coast defense from the 171-year history can be told from this island fort.
During the American Revolution, patriots began to build a fort from local palmetto logs. When British ships opened fire, their cannon balls virtually bounced off the palmettos until the British ships were driven back from the area. June 28th is still known as “Carolina Day” as a celebration of this galvanizing victory.
The fort evolved with the times through further wars, including the Civil War and World War II, as well as hurricane storms. Today, the National Park Service runs this historic landmark as part of the Fort Sumter National Monument. As this southern fort is located quite near my new home in Charleston, I plan to visit Sullivan’s Island and Fort Moultrie soon.