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

Defeat in the Center

 
 
Defeat in the Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. Defeat in the Center Marker
Inscription. Acrid smoke made it hard to breathe or see. The roar of gunfire and the death-cries of comrades made it hard to hear or think. The 1st Maryland Brigade and the NC militia battled the British 23rd and 33rd Regiments and light infantry in the center of the field.

Realizing that infantry alone could not overcome the Americans, Cornwallis ordered Tarletonís cavalry to charge. With Britainís mounted troops joining the fray, the Continentals were overrun.

Some pulled back along the Great Wagon Road, and made a brief stand there.

Others retreated into nearby swamps, seeking safety from cavalry pursuit.
 
Erected by The Palmetto Conservation Foundation. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Location. 34° 21.366′ N, 80° 36.595′ 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. The Road to Battle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meet the American Army of 1780 (about 400 feet away); Driven from the Field
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By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Overview
(about 500 feet away); Panic and Valor (about 600 feet away); Camden Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pursued Beyond the Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Camden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charge and Countercharge (approx. 0.2 miles 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
Col. Washington at the Battle of Cowpens, engraved by S.H. Gimber. Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library, USC, Columbia (SC).
Map on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
4. Map on the marker
troop placement and movement
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 322 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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