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

The De Kalb Monument

 
 
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By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. The De Kalb Monument Marker
Inscription. (Front Face):
To De Kalb
Here lie the remains of Baron De Kalb, German by birth, but in principle, citizen of the world.

(Left Face):
He was second in command in the battle fought near Camden, on the 16th August, 1780, between the British and Americans; and there nobly fell covered with wounds, while gallantly performing deeds of valor in rallying the friend and opposing the enemies of his adopted country.

(Rear Face):
In gratitude for his zeal and services, the citizens of Camden have erected this monument.

(Right Face):
His love of liberty induced him to leave the old world to aid the citizens of the new, in their struggle for Independence. His distinguished talents and many virtues weighed with Congress to appoint him Major General in their Revolutionary Army.
 
Erected 1825 by The citizens of Camden.
 
Location. 34° 14.819′ N, 80° 36.287′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is on East De Kalb Street (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. In the Bethesda Presbyterian Church yard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 502, Camden SC 29020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. The De Kalb Monument Marker
Front Face
are within walking distance of this marker. E.H. Dibble Store / Eugene H. Dibble (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richard Kirkland (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baruch Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bishop Davis House (approx. 0.2 miles away); King Haiglar Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Action at Logtown (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Honor and Rememberance (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Camden.
 
Additional comments.
1. Baron De Kalb
Born in Huettendorf, Bavaria, the son of a peasant farmer, he attended school at Kriegenbronn before leaving home at age sixteen. He received military training in a German regiment of the French infantry in 1743. He served in the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War. In 1763, at the battle of Wilhelmstahl, he won the Order of Military Merit. In 1768 the head of the French Foreign Ministry sent DeKalb to America on a secret mission for France to determine the extent of colonial discontent. He returned with detailed reports, but was apparently eager to return to the New World. In 1776 won a promise of a commission in the Continental Army from Silas Deane, the American commissioner to France and sailed again once more for America. He arrived in July 1777 and was appointed
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By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. The De Kalb Monument Marker
Left Face
a major general by the Continental Congress. Second in command to the Marquis de Lafayette, he participated in a failed expedition against Canada in 1778. In April 1780 DeKalb was ordered south to relieve Charleston, South Carolina, but the city fell to the British while he was still en route. At Deep River, North Carolina he was joined by General Horatio Gates, commander of the southern department. Gates delayed an offensive until British forces became aware of his army. On August 14 the Americans marched against them at Camden. During the battle, DeKalb's horse was killed under him, and he was himself wounded eleven times. DeKalb was carried from the field and attended by Dr. Isaac Alexander. He died three days later. In March 1825 DeKalb's remains were exhumed and re-interred in the Bethesda Presbyterian Churchyard. Robert Mills, the designer of the Washington Monument, also designed DeKalb's monument. General La Fayette laid its cornerstone. The epitaph reads: ‘Here lies the remains of Baron DeKalb - A German by birth, but in principle, a citizen of the world.' Six counties in the United States are named for DeKalb, making it the third most popular name for a county in the nation. His portrait was painted posthumously by Charles Wilson Peale.
    — Submitted October 4, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.
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By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
4. The De Kalb Monument Marker
Rear Face

 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
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By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
5. The De Kalb Monument Marker
Right Face
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By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
6. The De Kalb Monument Marker
Overview
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By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
7. The De Kalb Monument Marker
with Bethesda Presbyterian Church in the background
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Portrait by C W Peale
8. Baron De Kalb
<i>De Kalb Monument and Church, Camden, S.C.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
9. De Kalb Monument and Church, Camden, S.C.
 
 
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