Sandlapper Society

Legendary SC Military Leaders

James Longstreet

Born in Edgefield in 1821, Longstreet attended West Point where he was an indifferent student. After Secession, he joined the Confederate Army, fighting under General Robert E. Lee. Longstreet is widely regarded as the best corps commander of the Civil War.

Francis Marion

Francis Marion, an American Revolutionary War hero, was nicknamed the "Swamp Fox" by the British because of his elusive tactics. Marion was probably born in St. John's Parish, Berkeley County, near Georgetown about 1732.

William Moultrie

Born in Charleston in 1730, Moultrie and his patriot forces successfully repelled the British navy’s attempt to enter Charleston Harbor in 1776 during the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War. British cannon balls simply bounced off of the spongy palmetto log fort on Sullivan’s Island. After the war, Moultrie went on to serve in the SC House and Senate, was Lieutenant Governor and was Governor twice.

William Westmoreland

Four-star Army General William Westmoreland was born in Saxon in 1914 and served as commander for US forces in Vietnam from 1964 – 1968. A West Point graduate, he was Army Chief of Staff from 1968 – 1972.

James Longstreet 

Francis Marion

Gen. William Westmoreland