William Moultrie


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William MoultrieMoultrie, WILLIAM, military officer; born in South Carolina in 1731; was captain of infantry in the Cherokee War; member of the Provincial Congress from St. Helena parish in 1775, and was made colonel of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment in June of that year. He gained great fame by his defense of Fort Sullivan (see CHARLESTON), in Charleston Harbor. In September, 1776, he was made a brigadier-general. He was engaged in the local service, and in May, 1779, with 1,000 militia, opposed the advance of Prevost upon Charleston, which he held until Lincoln relieved him. He was distinguished at the siege of Charleston in 1780, was made a prisoner, and remained so until 1782, when he was exchanged for Burgoyne. While a prisoner he wrote his Memoirs, published in 1802. In October of that year, he was promoted major-general, and was governor of South Carolina in 178586 and 179496. He died in Charleston, South Carolina, September 27, 1805.



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