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

Attack at Dawn

 
 
Attack at Dawn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. Attack at Dawn Marker
Inscription. Following the tradition of positioning the best troops at the commanderís right hand, Gen. Horatio Gates placed one brigade of Continentals on his right, and held the second in reserve, leaving inexperienced militia on his left. Since Cornwallis also put his strongest troops to his right, Americaís rookie militia faced Britainís military finest.

At first light, believing that the British were not yet in position, Gates ordered the militia to attack. Cornwallis countered by ordering Lt. Col. James Webster to charge.

Terrified by British regulars advancing with battle cries and bayonets, the militia fled, many throwing down their muskets. Except for one regiment, the North Carolinians joined the Virginians in their panicked flight.
 
Erected by The Palmetto Conservation Foundation. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 34° 21.27′ N, 80° 36.421′ W. Marker is near Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker can be reached from Flat Rock Road (State Highway 58). Click for map. 6.2 miles North of Camden off US 521 and 601 on SC 58. 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. All the King's Men (about 300 feet away, measured
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Overview
in a direct line); Meet the American Army of 1780 (about 700 feet away); Charge and Countercharge (about 700 feet away); Shots in the Dark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defeat in the Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Road to Battle (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Gate's Disgrace (approx. ľ mile away); Panic and Valor (approx. ľ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Camden.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of an interpretive trail series at the Battle of Camden National Historic Landmark.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Picture on the marker
“I confess I was amongst the first that fled. The cause of that I cannot tell, except that everyone I saw was about to do the same. It was instantaneous.” NC Militiaman William Gipson Photo courtesy of Steve Collum
Map on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
4. Map on the marker
Diagram of troop placement and movement
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 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.
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