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Palmetto Symbol of Courage
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By Kate Salley Palmer-- Young adult. This story is about the first important Revolutionary War victory over the British in the South. It occurred on June 28, 1776, exactly one week before the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. From a hastily built little fort made of palmetto logs and beach sand on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina patriots defeated a heavily armed British fleet determined to take Charleston for the King of England. The British fired their cannons from close range, but most cannonballs simply sank into the spongy palmetto logs and sand and did very little damage to the fort or the soldiers inside. Carefully aiming their cannons, the soldiers of South Carolina's Second Regiment, commanded by Col. William Moultrie, did great damage to the British ships and the fleet had to sail away in shambles. After the battle, the palmetto tree was adopted as the state tree and prominently featured on South Carolina's beautiful state flag - one of the most beautiful in the United States. Soft Cover. 38 pages.