The Papers of Henry Laurens


William Moultrie (1731-1805)

Born in England, William Moultrie came to Charleston in 1733. He was a member of the South Carolina Provincial Congress, and during the Revolution served as colonel of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry. On 28 June 1776 Moultrie commanded the fortifications on Sullivan's Island, repulsing an attack of the British fleet. Upon the fall of Charleston in 1780, he was captured and taken to Jamaica where he remained a prisoner until his exchange in 1782. After the war he served two terms as governor of South Carolina, and died in Charleston in 1805.
Excerpted from the National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, 1: p. 96.