“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

The British Evacuation

The British Evacuation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 11, 2009
1. The British Evacuation Marker
Inscription. The American capture of Fort Watson on the Santee River on April 23,1781,cut the supply line from Charleston to Camden. Lord Rawdon, commander of the British garrison, admitted that he was"completely dependent...for subsistence, for military stores, for horses, for arms" on Charleston.

Having failed to drive Greene far from Camden after the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill, and unable to bring the Americans to battle on favorable terms, Rawdon knew that he would be surrounded and forced to surrender if he tried to hold the town. On May 9, the British destroyed the supplies they could not carry, partially leveled the fortifications, and evacuated Camden during the night, leaving behind some American prisoners and wounded British soldiers. Many Loyalist refugees accompanied the army.

"Lord Rawdon burnt the greatest part of his baggage... he set fire also to the prison, mill, and several other buildings and left the town little better than a beapof ruins."
Nathanael Greene
Location. 34° 14.01′ N, 80° 36.289′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is on State Road (South Carolina Route 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. Women in the Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Allies (within shouting distance of this marker); War in the Backcountry (within shouting distance of this marker); Camden - Strategic Key (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Southern Campaign, Aug 1780 - Apr 1781 (about 300 feet away); The Southern Campaign, Apr 1781 - Dec 1782 (about 300 feet away); The Southern Campaign, Dec 1778 - Aug 1780 (about 300 feet away); The Fortified Post (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Camden.
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 597 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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