“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Greene's Counterblow

Greene's Counterblow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. Greene's Counterblow Marker
Inscription. Seeing that the British line was much shorter than his own, Greene decided to counterattack. He ordered the 1st Maryland and 2nd Virginia regiments to make a frontal attack against the advancing British troops, while the 2nd Maryland regiment struck Rawdon’s right flank and the 1st Virginia assailed the British left.

Greene also ordered William Washington and his cavalry to circle past the British right and strike them from the rear.

The daring American charge halted the British advance. The Continentals pressed forward while Colonel Charles Harrison’s artillery blasted the outnumbered Redcoats.

Rawdon sent his light infantry forward to protect his right flank, and the convalescent company to protect the British left.
Location. 34° 15.805′ N, 80° 36.279′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Lyttleton Street and Greene Street, on the right when traveling west on Lyttleton Street. Click for map. 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. William Washington's Ride (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle Of Hobkirk Hill (about 300 feet away); Struggle for the Hill
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Overview
(about 400 feet away); The British Attack (about 600 feet away); Forced to Retreat (about 700 feet away); Fruitless Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Greene's Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); A Final Encounter (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Camden.
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
Map on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Map on the marker
Greene’s Counterattack

Gen. Greene ordered his troops to fix bayonets and charge the British. The Americans’ sudden advance blunted the British attack.

Lord Rawdon’s veterans attempted to hold their ground, but the units on the left flank of the line were eventually forced to fall back in the face of Continental cannon fire and superior numbers.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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