In the movie “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” Obi-Wan Kenobi is quoted as saying, “That’s no moon. It’s a space station.” He was correcting Luke Skywalker, who saw a small sphere in the distance in space and assumed it was a moon.
I refer to this moment in the movie to make a point. In real life some people are prone to make assumptions without really knowing what they are looking at. This can lead to misinformation especially when it comes to American history.
The item in question is the white object at the top left hand corner of the South Carolina state flag. People mistakenly refer to this as a crescent moon.
South Carolina State Flag
A Little History
In 1775 Colonel William Moultrie was asked by the Revolutionary Council of Safety to design a flag for the South Carolina troops to be use during the American Revolutionary War. Moultrie’s design had the blue of the militia’s uniforms and a crescent-shaped gorget from the emblem on their caps. The palmetto tree was added later in 1861 to honor Moultrie’s heroic defense of the palmetto log fort on Sullivan’s Island against the attack of the British fleet on June 28, 1776.
Personally I can see how people can get confused. A flag with a dark blue background, a white palmetto tree in the center and gorget that looks like it could be a crescent moon in the night sky.
Although it’s been a matter of controversy for some on whether or not the object is a gorget or moon, the Fort Moultrie National Monument in South Carolina insists the crescent is a gorget.
A walk through the history of coast defense – Fort Moultrie (xbradtc.wordpress.com)
Fort Moultrie (nps.gov)