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

William Washington's Ride

 
 
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Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. William Washington's Ride Marker
Inscription.  Lt. Col. Washington led his Calvary around the east side of the battlefield, then rode into the British rear at the base of Hobkirk’s Hill. There he found a large number of stragglers, wounded men, doctors, and other noncombatants.

Washington took as many as 200 prisoners, granting most of them parole - released on their promise not to fight again until exchanged.

“Part of the Enemy’s Calvary got into our rear, exacted paroles from several Officers who lay wounded … & carried off several Wounded Men.” Lord Rawdon

Washington was so busy dealing with the captives that he failed to follow Greene’s order to make an immediate attack on the rear of the British battle line.

By the time Washington finished issuing paroles, the Americans had been driven from the hill. He returned to the main army, bringing back fifty prisoners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 34° 15.856′ N, 80° 36.28′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County
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. Marker is on Lyttleton Street, on the right when traveling west. 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. Battle Of Hobkirk Hill (here, next to this marker); Struggle for the Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Greene's Counterblow (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Forced to Retreat (about 600 feet away); The British Attack (about 600 feet away); Fruitless Victory (about 700 feet away); A Final Encounter (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Hobkirk Hill (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
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Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Overview
The state historical marker, Battle of Hobkirk Hill, is next to this marker.
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Picture on the marker
Lt. Col. William Washington

Portrait by Charles William Peale, c. 1783. Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park.
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
4. Picture on the marker
"The Battle of Hobkirk's Hill", by F C Torn, 1898. Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia (SC).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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