Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Monument to Lt. Col. James Polk Dickinson
Lt. Col. James Polk Dickinson (1816-1847) was born in Camden. He studied law and served in the State Legislature from 1842-1848. Contemporary accounts described him as “proud, high spirited, and restive under control.” He was also known for his “prodigal generosity and extravagance.”
Dickinsonís passion and enthusiasm for military glory led him to serve with the Kershaw volunteers in the Seminole Indian Wars in Florida in 1836 and to organize the DeKalb Rifle Guards in 1840. In 1846, his Kershaw County regiment was the first to volunteer to fight in the war with Mexico (1846-1848). His appeal for volunteers given at the DeKalb Monument included the words “I want a place in the picture near the flashing of the guns!” Dickinson was elected second-in-command of the Palmetto Regiment and fought in several engagements until wounded in the Battle of Churubusco.
Jim Lang, Dickinsonís African American body-servant who served with him in Mexico, returned the body to Camden for burial in Quaker Cemetery. In 1856, Dickinsonís remains were reinterred here and the citizens of Camden had this marble obelisk erected in his honor.
Erected by City of Camden.
Location. 34° 15.12′ Touch for map. Marker is located in the northwest portion of Monument Square. Marker is in this post office area: Camden SC 29020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Polk Dickinson (here, next to this marker); The Americans Return (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camden (about 300 feet away); Monument to Kershaw Countyís Confederate Dead (about 300 feet away); In Honor and Rememberance (about 400 feet away); Action at Logtown (about 500 feet away); The Bishop Davis House (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a Print of Dickinson in front of the DeKalb Monument, 1841. Image courtesy of the Camden Archives & Museum.
The right side of the marker contains an undated photograph of a ceremony at Monument Square near the Dickinson Monument with the Honor Guard standing in front of the audience.
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