The crescent has a long history as a symbol of military status and power. The shape is derived from a piece of armor for protecting the throat and was used on countless battlefields throughout history. In the tradition of this style of armor, military officers during the American Revolution wore a crescent-shaped badge of office known as a “gorget”. Colonel William Moultrie used the crescent shape of the gorget with the word “Liberty” emblazoned upon it, against a colonial blue background, as the flag of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment. This flag, known as the “Moultrie Flag,” was raised above an un-named and incomplete fort of earth and palmetto logs defending Charleston Harbor against British attack. The valor of his four hundred men and the spongy yielding nature of the palmetto logs rebuffed the attack of nine warships led by British Admiral Sir Peter Parker against Charleston Harbor on June 28, 1776 and led to the fort being name Fort Moultrie. This victory galvanized the American Revolution in the South and the “Moultrie Flag” became iconic in the Southern Patriots’ struggle for independence, earning the Palmetto Tree and Crescent Moon a hallowed place on the state flag of South Carolina. These efforts and the efforts of other patriots throughout history enable us to celebrate America's Independence 238 years later. It is because of this proud South Carolina heritage that we have chosen the name Crescent Armory. Happy Birthday America!