Beautiful unissued certificate from the Union Bank of South Carolina printed in the 1860's . This historic document was printed by Walker, Evans & Cogswell Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a Palmetto tree.
The Union Bank of South Carolina was one of two original banks in the state of South Carolina originally chartered. This Palmetto tree is a symbol of South Carolina's success in defending Sullivan's Island during the Revolutionary War. The troops built a fort with tough, soft logs from Palmetto trees growing in the area. When the British warships fired cannonballs, they sunk into the wood but did not destroy the fort. This was an important victory for South Carolina's troops during the Revolutionary War. This South Carolina state flag showing the Palmetto tree was adopted in 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War.