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William Jasper
October 9, 1779 William Jasper dies, Savannah, Georgia
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  William Jasper

Few non-commissioned officers rise to the level of fame that William Jasper did during the American Revolution. This Georgia hero, who was born in South Carolina in 1750, was recruited by Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion to serve in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, displayed his courage during the Battle of Sullivan's Island (now sometimes called the Battle of Fort Moultrie), June 28, 1776. During the battle the staff holding the colors was sheared off and the colors lay on an outside wall of the fort. Jasper rose from a protected position, called for a rammer (the pole used to compress a ball into the cannon), and planted it on the wall in full view of the British fleet while the fort was under fire.

During the Battle of Savannah Jasper once again tried to plant the colors in a move similar to the earlier event at Fort Moultrie, only he lost his life. It is generally believed that the Sergeant is buried in a common grave somewhere in the vicinity of Savannah.

Jasper County, Georgia is named in his honor.

The colors (flag) that Sgt. Jasper rescued is today called the Moultrie Flag for the commander of the troops at the time. The flag features a crescent moon and the word Liberty on a blue background.

Interesting fact: Moultrie was not the ranking officer. General Charles Lee would have been in charge, but his orders specifically called his assignment one of "observation."

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