Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
African Americans Choose Sides
Many slaves hoped that the British would give them their freedom, and risked harsh retribution from rebel masters by assisting the King's army as spies, wagon drivers, and by gathering provisions. During the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill, the British armed African Americans to help defend Camden.
Some slaves remained with their American masters. After the British forced Sarah Kershaw from her home in 1780, her slaves took great risks to provide her family with food.
"You will order one hundred able Negroes, furnished with spades to be collected from the plantations in your neighbourhood, and send them to Camden."
Location. 34° 13.973′ N, 80° 36.207′ 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. British Commanders (within shouting distance of this marker); American Commanders (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Loyalists (about 300 feet away); War in the Backcountry (about 300 feet away); The British Evacuation (about 500 feet away); Citizen - Soldiers (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
Categories. • African Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 847 times since then. Last updated on October 20, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 2. submitted on October 28, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. 3. submitted on November 7, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4, 5. submitted on October 28, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.