Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
African Americans Choose Sides
Many slaves hoped that the British would give them their freedom, and risked harsh retribution from rebel masters by assisting the King's army as spies, wagon drivers, and by gathering provisions. During the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill, the British armed African Americans to help defend Camden.
Some slaves remained with their American masters. After the British forced Sarah Kershaw from her home in 1780, her slaves took great risks to provide her family with food.
"You will order one hundred able Negroes, furnished with spades to be collected from the plantations in your neighbourhood, and send them to Camden."
Location. 34° 13.973′ N, 80° 36.207′ 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
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. British Commanders (within shouting distance of this marker); American Commanders (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Loyalists (about 300 feet away); War in the Backcountry (about 300 feet away); The British Evacuation (about 500 feet away); Citizen - Soldiers (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Camden.
Categories. • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 770 times since then and 58 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 2, 3, 4. 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.