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

James Polk Dickinson

 
 
James Polk Dickinson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. James Polk Dickinson Marker
Side One
Inscription.  Side One
In memory of James Polk Dickinson, a native of Camden born January 21st 1816. And died at Mixchoac Mexico Sept 12th 1847 Fearless of danger and undaunted by opposition he was an early active and zealous champion in the Floridian and Mexican Wars We consecrate this shaft to the heartfelt spirit of patriotism May the light of fame forever rest upon its summit

Patria et civitas testantur in honore vestro neg tila nec vices belli ullas vitavisse.

Side Two
When the loud cries for help from Florida merged with the savage yell of the murderous Seminole, first reached our state, and Carolina’s sons promptly responded to the call, they stirred no nobler soul than thine, young gallant Dickinson. Soon after this campaign, he was admitted to the bar, at which he continued a practitioner until the United States became involved in war with Mexico, during which period he was for six years a member of the state legislature, and was honored with the highest military office of the district.

Side Three
When Volunteers for Mexico from every quarter of our state rallied to the country’s
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call showing that South Carolina was prepared in spirit and resources to stand shoulder to shoulder beside her sister states the heroic soul of Dickinson rose to a sublimity in action and eloquence which electrified the district How inspiring his words and manly bearing when addressing his regiment for the last time he seized the banner of his old company The DeKalb Rifle Guards, hastily unfurled its proud and glorious motto to the breeze and planting it firmly in front exclaimed “Here soldiers is your standard you once pledged your sacred honor never to desert it. Come redeem your pledge rally around it and thrice honored be the name that tops the list.”

Side Four

He was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the Palmetto Regiment, and on the day after the landing at Vera Cruz, was wounded while gallantly leading a detachment at the head of the investing army. He had a proud “Place in the picture” at Contreras, and that fiery spirit which would be “still nearer the flashing guns” burning with hot haste ~ with the Palmetto flag full high advanced ~ after the well beloved Butler had fallen ~ leading on the desperate charge, is quenched and brought down to the dust, in the fatal field of Churubusco, August 20th 1847.

How beautiful in death, the warrior’s course appears, embalmed by fond affection’s breath,
Side Two image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Side Two
and bathed in woman’s tears.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Mexican-AmericanWars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is January 2005.
 
Location. 34° 15.122′ N, 80° 36.494′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street and Laurens Street, on the left when traveling north on Broad Street. Located in Monument Square. 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 (here, next to this marker); The Americans Return (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Mathis House (within shouting distance of this marker); Action at Logtown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Monument to Kershaw County’s Confederate Dead (about 400 feet away); Camden (about 400 feet away); In Honor and Rememberance (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
Side Three image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Side Three
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4. Side Four
Overview image. Click for full size.
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5. Overview
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Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
6. Overview
Side One ~ Shaft image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
7. Side One ~ Shaft
Medallion depicting the state seal and Palmetto Tree
Side Two ~ Shaft image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
8. Side Two ~ Shaft
Churubusco Medallion
Side Three ~ Shaft image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
9. Side Three ~ Shaft
Dickinson Medallion
Side Four ~ Shaft image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
10. Side Four ~ Shaft
Vera ~ Cruz * Contreras* Medallion
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Photographed By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
11. Finial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 829 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on November 7, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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