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Mount Pleasant in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

General William Moultrie / Moultrie Schools

General William Moultrie Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. General William Moultrie Side
Inscription.  (Front):
The Moultrie Schools were named in honor of General William Moultrie, the highest ranking S.C. officer during the Revolutionary War and hero of the 1776 Battle of Fort Sullivan, which was renamed Fort Moultrie. He fought in the S.C. Militia during the 1761 Cherokee Wars, and served in the Royal Assembly and first Provincial Congress. He was elected Lieutenant Governor and was Governor twice. While Governor, he relocated the capital from Charleston to Columbia and established the county system and county court system. Moultrie designed the first S.C. state flag during the American Revolution.

General William Moultrie High School, originally on Pitt Street, relocated here in 1944. In 1973, students moved into the new Wando High School on Whipple Road. The old high school became Moultrie Middle School. This facility was demolished in 2007 and the new building completed in 2009. This is the third Moultrie School to be built on this site.
Erected 2008.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education
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Government & PoliticsWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
Location. 32° 47.476′ N, 79° 52.36′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Coleman Avenue (U.S. 17), on the right when traveling east. Located in front of Moultrie Middle School. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jasper Green/ Sergeant William Jasper (a few steps from this marker); The King's Highway / Coleman Boulevard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Kings Highway" (about 500 feet away); Etiwan Masonic Lodge (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Andrew's Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Laing School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pitt Street Merchants (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Moultrie Schools Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
2. Moultrie Schools Side
General William Moultrie / Moultrie Schools Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. General William Moultrie / Moultrie Schools Marker
Moultrie School and Marker image. Click for full size.
June 10, 2010
4. Moultrie School and Marker
William Moultrie image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, March 12, 2016
5. William Moultrie
This 1782 portrait of William Moultrie by Charles Willson Peale hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

"In June 1776, as eight British warships stood poised to put a quick end to the rebellion in the South, William Moultrie, a planter with some experience as a militia captain, was in charge of the hastily built fort on Sullivan's Island in Charles Town harbor. The soft palmetto logs of the fort successfully absorbed bombardment from one hundred guns, whereas Moultrie's men discharged their twenty-five guns with a deliberation that demolished ship rigging and slaughtered enemy sailors. After eleven and a half hours, the British slipped away, giving South Carolina a three-year respite from war.

In the background of this portrait showing Moultrie, risen to a general in the Continental army can be glimpsed the famous fort, renamed in Moultrie's honor." -- National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,021 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 17, 2010.   5. submitted on February 17, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Sep. 29, 2023