Moultrie, William(mo͞ol`trē), 1730–1805, American Revolutionary general, b. Charleston, S.C. He had fought against the Native Americans (1761) and served in the colonial assembly before the advent of the American Revolution. In the war his gallant defense of a small fort on Sullivans Island (later named Fort MoultrieFort Moultrie
, on Sullivans Island at the entrance to the harbor of Charleston, S.C.; originally called Fort Sullivan. Constructed by Col. William Moultrie, the fort was renamed for him after he repulsed a British naval attack in June, 1776, in one of the most decisive battles
..... Click the link for more information. ) prevented (1776) Sir Henry Clinton and Sir Peter Parker from taking Charleston. Even Moultrie's skill failed to prevent the fall of Savannah to the British in 1778. He was captured in the fall of Charleston to the British in 1780. After the war he served as governor of South Carolina (1785–87, 1795–97). He wrote Memoirs of the Revolution as Far as It Related to the States of North and South Carolina (1802).
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Moultrie, William(1730–1805) soldier, governor; born in Charleston, S.C. A soldier, he directed military strategy in South Carolina during the American Revolution, defending Charleston in 1776. Becoming a brigadier general, he defeated the British at Beaufort in 1779, then was taken prisoner of war after the fall of Charleston in 1780. As South Carolina's governor (1785–87, 1792–94), he reorganized the militia, reestablished state credit, and improved the waterways.
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