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

Joseph Kershaw (1728-1791)

 
 
Josheph Kershaw (1728-17910 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 11, 2009
1. Josheph Kershaw (1728-17910 Marker
Inscription.  A native of England, Joseph Kershaw came to South Carolina about 1755 and had moved to Camden (then called Pine Tree Hill) by 1758, where he established a store.

As a member of the colonial legislator, Kershaw promoted Camden's development and secured its town charter in 1769. He introduced wheat cultivation to the area, making Camden an important commercial center. At the outbreak of the Revolution, Kershaw secured the Catawba Indians' allegiance to the Americans. He held the rank f colonel in the American militia when the British occupied South Carolina in 1780. Fearing his influence, British officials exiled him to Bermuda and later to British Honduras.

Kershaw returned to Camden after the war and, although he had been financially ruined, worked to help the town recover from vast wartime damage.

"He (Kershaw) was a violent man, and was said to have persecuted the Loyalists."
Lord Cornwallis
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1755.
 
Location. 34° 14.112′ N, 80° 
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36.106′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is on State Road (State Highway 28-703). Marker is located in the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Camden SC 29020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kershaw House (a few steps from this marker); Prisoners of War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Common (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southeast Redoubt (about 400 feet away); Citizen - Soldiers (about 500 feet away); Northeast Redoubt (about 600 feet away); Palisade Wall (about 800 feet away); The Fortified Post (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Picture on the marker
Joseph Kershaw
Miniature believed to be Joseph Kershaw, c. 1789
Artist unknown, Private Collection
Overview image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Overview
Marker with Kershaw House behind it.
Joseph Kershaw (1728-1791) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2017
4. Joseph Kershaw (1728-1791) Marker
Josheph Kershaw (1728-17910 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 11, 2009
5. Josheph Kershaw (1728-17910 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.   4. submitted on November 7, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   5. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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