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Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Citizen - Soldiers

 
 
Citizen - Soldiers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 11, 2009
1. Citizen - Soldiers Marker
Inscription. In colonial America, all able-bodied men from teenagers to sixty-year-olds served in the militia, a local force that turned out for military service in times of emergency. Official training sessions, or musters, were held once or twice per year in peacetime. Training was often a social occasion with the men dispersing to taverns after a brief drill.

"Our Militia exhibited... great zeal & fidelity; coming voluntarily from considerable distances to offer their Service."
Lord Rawdon

With the coming of the Revolution, militia duty became more serious. Patriot militia often took the field against the British, and after the British occupied South Carolina in 1780, they organized a Loyalist militia.

The Loyalist militia of Camden District guarded the town during the battles of Camden and Hobkirk's Hill and fought against the American partisans.
 
Location. 34° 14.054′ N, 80° 36.185′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is on State Road (State Highway 28-703). Click for map. Marker is located in the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park. Marker is in this post office area: Camden SC 29020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Southeast Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker);
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Picture on the marker
Militia were usually expected to provide their own clothing, arms and equipment on campaign.
They enlisted for a set amount of time and were often fiercely loyal to their own officers.
"Vituals Well Dressed" by Pamela Patrick White, White Historic Art.
Palisade Wall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fortified Post (about 300 feet away); Camden - Strategic Key (about 300 feet away); The Southern Campaign, Apr 1781 - Dec 1782 (about 300 feet away); The Southern Campaign, Aug 1780 - Apr 1781 (about 300 feet away); The Southern Campaign, Dec 1778 - Aug 1780 (about 300 feet away); British Commanders (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Camden.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Overview
Marker is next to a reconstructed foot bridge in the style of the Revolutionary War period.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 538 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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