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

Charge and Countercharge

 
 
Charge and Countercharge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. Charge and Countercharge Marker
Inscription. After ordering Webster to attack, Cornwallis commanded Lt. Col., Lord Rawdon to advance on his left. Through heavy fire, they drove back the 2nd Maryland Brigade until Gen. Baron De Kalb succeeded in halting the British charge and leading a counterattack.

For almost an hour, a bitter struggle raged with neither side able to gain the advantage.

Cornwallis brought up his reserve, the 71st Regiment and loyal militia, but the Continentals held until their center gave way.

The entire British army then assailed the Americans from front, flank, and rear, forcing surviving patriots to escape as best they could.
 
Erected by The Palmetto Conservation Foundation. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Location. 34° 21.208′ N, 80° 36.546′ W. Marker is near Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker can be reached from Flat Rock Road (South Carolina Route 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 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Attack at Dawn (about 700 feet away); Shots in the Dark
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Overview
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Meet the American Army of 1780 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defeat in the Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Driven from the Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Road to Battle (approx. mile away); Panic and Valor (approx. 0.3 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
De Kalb refused to surrender his sword except to an officer. A skirmish ensued resulting in his being fired on and bayoneted. Three days later, De Kalb died a prisoner of war and was buried on the grounds of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden. Battle of Camden ~ Death of De Kalb, engraving after Chappel. 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
depiction of troop placements and movement
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 3 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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