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Biography of William Jasper

Jasper, William. An American soldier. Born in South Carolina, about 1750. He enlisted in the revolutionary army as a sergeant, and at Fort Moultrie, on June 28, 1776, recovered, through an act of great personal bravery, the American colors which had fallen outside the walls. Modestly refusing an officer's commission, he continued to serve under General Moultrie, winning distinction as the hero of numerous exploits. In the assault on Savannah, October 9, 1779, he was mortally wounded while trying to plant his regimental flag on the parapet.