(1730–1805)Revolutionary War general, born in Charleston, South Carolina. His lackluster record as a field commander in the Continental army never equaled the promise of his first major success as commander of a South Carolina regiment on Sullivan's Island at the mouth of Charleston harbor. Advised by the general in charge of Charleston's defenses to evacuate the fort because it was certain to fall in the face of a probable British attack, Moultrie declined to do so. A large British expeditionary force launched an assault which Moultrie's troops successfully repelled. For his achievement he received the official thanks of Congress.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.