1775—Moultrie secured Fort Johnson from the British and created the Liberty Crescent Flag as a symbol against tyrannical rule, and raised it to signify the Colony’s occupation of the fort.
1776—Moultrie built Fort Sullivan with palmetto logs and sand, and defended it from the British. The Liberty Crescent flag flew above Fort Sullivan, but was shot down during the battle. Sergeant Jasper risked his life to recover and replant the flag and became a Revolutionary War hero by doing so.
1780—Battery Number One on Comings Point was built by Moultrie to guard Charleston from the west.
The Sergeant Jasper apartments’ site is near Comings Point Battery (Gadsden at Beaufain). It was constructed early in 1780, when it became clear that the British would attack Charleston from the south and west. On February 22, 1780, General William Moultrie wrote: “I think we ought to have a watchful eye towards Wappoo-cut… ; some heavy cannon should be mounted on the west of town, and the creeks about Cumins’ stopped.”
The Siege of Charleston and the Sergeant Jasper Site