"Big Red"
The Citadel's Battle Flag


South Carolinians displayed flags showing the Palmetto tree even before seceding. The tree's importance dates back to The Revolution. The crescent moon had been South Carolina's symbol when still a colony. Her sons wore it on their hats and fought for American independence under flags which pictured it. The flag offered here is a red variant of the current day state flag.  The moon and the tree are white. "Big Red" was carried by the men of The Citadel when firing the war's first shots at the Federal ship Star of the West months before the attack on Ft. Sumter and remains her flag today.

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The Civil War in South Carolina