The History of the SC Flag & the Palmetto Logo
In 1775 Colonel William Moultrie was asked by the "Revolutionary Council of Safety" to design a flag for the South Carolina troops. He chose a simple design that displayed a white crescent in a blue field. The blue matched the color of the troops' uniforms and the crescent was like the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps.
In December of 1860 with the secession of SC from the Union, a National flag was needed. A decision was made to keep Moultrie's flag but to add a palmetto tree.
The Palmetto is now South Carolina's State Tree. It was instrumental in the defense of the attack on Sullivan's Island by British warships on June 28, 1776, just six days prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Cannonballs fired at the fort could not destroy the walls which were built of palmetto logs. Instead the cannonballs simply sank into the soft yet tough palmetto wood.
South Carolina's nickname is the Palmetto State. The palmetto tree with the crescent moon is a symbolic logo and the people of South Carolina are proud to wear and display it to represent their home state.