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

Battle of Hobkirk's Hill

 
 
Battle of Hobkirk's Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. Battle of Hobkirk's Hill Marker
Inscription.  Along this ridge, American and British armies clashed on April 25, 1781, in the Revolutionary War Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill. Major General Nathanael Greene’s American troops had occupied the hill to threaten Camden, the most important British post in the South Carolina interior. The British commander, Lieutenant Colonel Francis, Lord Rawdon, launched a surprise attack in hopes of driving off the Americans.

The British attack began near here, at the eastern end of the hill. Fighting spread westward across the Great Wagon Road (now Broad Street) as more British units joined the battle.

Greene ordered his larger army to counterattack, but the retreat of one American regiment and tenacious British resistance stopped the American advance. Rawdon then resumed the offensive and drove Greene’s forces from the hill.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is April 25, 1781.
 
Location. 34° 16.003′ N, 80° 36.009′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Kirkwood Lane and
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Kamschatka, on the left when traveling east on Kirkwood Lane. 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. Capt. Robert Kirkwood (1756-1791) (a few steps from this marker); The American Army (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Hobkirk Hill (about 300 feet away); The British Army (about 400 feet away); A Daring Plan (approx. 0.2 miles away); The British Attack (approx. ¼ mile away); Fruitless Victory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle Of Hobkirk Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
Overview image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Overview
Capt. Robert Kirkwood Marker is in the foreground
Map on the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Map on the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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