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

The Americans Return

 
 
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Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. The Americans Return Marker
Inscription.  In late March 1781, Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene made one of the most important decisions of the Revolutionary War. Rather than pursue Lord Cornwallis’s British force toward Wilmington, North Carolina, Greene resolved to lead the American army back to South Carolina.

Greene knew that if Cornwallis followed him, North Carolina would be fairly secure. Should Cornwallis not return to South Carolina, Greene saw an opportunity to strike the British posts scattered across that state. He ordered the partisan leaders to gather their men and be ready to cooperate with the Continental Army.

Cornwallis chose not to follow Greene; instead he marched to Virginia, leaving Lord Rawdon to contend with Greene’s invasion.

“All these considerations have determined me to change my route, and push directly into South Carolina.” Nathanael Greene
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1781.
 
Location. 34° 15.107′ N, 80° 36.471′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker
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Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
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is at the intersection of Laurens Street and Broad Street, on the right when traveling south on Laurens Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milledgeville GA 31061, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monument to Lt. Col. James Polk Dickinson (within shouting distance of this marker); James Polk Dickinson (within shouting distance of this marker); Action at Logtown (within shouting distance of this marker); Camden (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Monument to Kershaw County’s Confederate Dead (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Honor and Rememberance (about 300 feet away); Samuel Mathis House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
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Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Map on the marker
Routes of the Armies - March and April 1781
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 11, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2022