Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Joseph Kershaw (1728-1791)
As a member of the colonial legislator, Kershaw promoted Camden's development and secured its town charter in 1769. He introduced wheat cultivation to the area, making Camden an important commercial center. At the outbreak of the Revolution, Kershaw secured the Catawba Indians' allegiance to the Americans. He held the rank f colonel in the American militia when the British occupied South Carolina in 1780. Fearing his influence, British officials exiled him to Bermuda and later to British Honduras.
Kershaw returned to Camden after the war and, although he had been financially ruined, worked to help the town recover from vast wartime damage.
"He (Kershaw) was a violent man, and was said to have persecuted the Loyalists."
Location. 34° 14.112′ N, 80° 36.106′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is on State Road (State Highway 28-703). Touch for map. Marker is located in the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park. 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 Kershaw House (a few steps from this marker); Prisoners of War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Common (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southeast Redoubt (about 400 feet away); Citizen - Soldiers (about 500 feet away); Northeast Redoubt (about 600 feet away); Palisade Wall (about 800 feet away); The Fortified Post (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. 4. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.