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The Revolution in the Backcountry/ Sumter's Camp at Clems Branch

 
 
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By Michael Sean Nix, October 28, 2009
1. The Revolution in the Backcountry Marker
Inscription. [Marker Front]:
The Revolution in the Backcountry
After British forces took Charleston in May 1780, they set up outposts in the backcountry and attempted to control the state by encouraging Loyalists. Backcountry Patriots organized a resistance in response, with an important camp ½ mi. E at Clems Branch of Sugar Creek, on the wagon road from Camden to Charlotte.

[Marker Reverse]:
Sumter's Camp at Clems Branch
In June 1780 Col. Thomas Sumterís troops were among the few organized Patriot units in S.C. The camp at Clems Branch gave him a strategic location, water, and forage while reinforcements joined him in late June and early July. Sumterís troops would play a major role in several Patriot victories in 1780 and 1781.
 
Erected 2006 by Lancaster County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 29-28.)
 
Location. 35° 1.566′ N, 80° 52.248′ W. Marker is near Fort Mill, South Carolina, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Harrisburg Road (State Highway 29-64) 0.1 miles south of Hidden Creek Court, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Mill SC 29707, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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By Michael Sean Nix, October 28, 2009
2. Sumter's Camp at Clems Branch Marker
within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Springfield Plantation (approx. 3Ĺ miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Unity Presbyterian Church (approx. 4 miles away); Fort Mill Confederate Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Catawba Indian Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Women of the Confederacy Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); To the Faithful Slaves (approx. 4.4 miles away); Confederate Park (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Mill.
 
Also see . . .  PDF on Sumter's Camp at Clems Branch. Contains history of the camp and photos of the camp site, the old wagon road, and a milestone marker that may date to Revolutionary era stating the miles to nearby Charlotte (Submitted on November 3, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
The Revolution in the Backcountry/ Sumter's Camp at Clems Branch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, October 28, 2009
3. The Revolution in the Backcountry/ Sumter's Camp at Clems Branch Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,468 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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