South Carolina State Flag

South Carolina Flag

Flag Officially Adopted: January 26, 1861

The South Carolina’s flag design dates back to 1775, by being based on Revolutionary War flags. The current South Carolina state flag was officially adopted on January 26, 1861. 


Asked by the Revolutionary Council of Safety in the fall of 1775 to design a flag for the use of South Carolina troops, Colonel William Moultrie chose a blue which matched the color of their uniforms and a crescent which reproduced the silver emblem worn on the front of their caps. 


The palmetto tree was added later to represent Moultrie’s heroic defense of the palmetto-log fort on Sullivan’s Island against the attack of the British fleet on June 28, 1776.

South Carolina State Flag Pledge

Some of the 50 states have official state flag pledges, and South Carolina happens to be one of them.

“I salute the flag of South Carolina and pledge to the Palmetto State love, loyalty and faith.”