Moultrie William (1730–1805), a United States army officer. His defense of a fort in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, against a British fleet of 10 ships in 1776 made him a Revolutionary War hero, and the fort was renamed in his honor. He was born in Charleston. Moultrie was captain in an expedition against the Cherokees in 1761, and was elected to the Provincial Congress in 1775. He became a brigadier general in 1776.
When Charleston was captured by the British in 1780, Moultrie was taken prisoner. He was exchanged in 1782 and promoted to major general. He was governor of South Carolina, 1785–87 and 1792–94. He. wrote Memoirs of the American Revolution (2 volumes, 1802).