Fort Moultrie marks Carolina Day

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. - Fort Moultrie is commemorating Carolina Day, the moment in 1776 when it turned back a British fleet in Charleston Harbor.

Friday marks the 237th anniversary of the battle and re-enactors at the fort will have 17th Century weapons demonstrations as well as show what medical care and camp life was like.

During the battle, the 2nd South Carolina under Col. William Moultrie turned back nine British ships. It was an early patriot victory. The British would not seize Charleston until four years later.

Moultrie's flag featured a white crescent on a blue field. The palmetto tree, symbolizing the palmetto logs of the fort, was later added to what became the South Carolina state flag.