Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The De Kalb Monument
To De Kalb
Here lie the remains of Baron De Kalb, German by birth, but in principle, citizen of the world.
He was second in command in the battle fought near Camden, on the 16th August, 1780, between the British and Americans; and there nobly fell covered with wounds, while gallantly performing deeds of valor in rallying the friend and opposing the enemies of his adopted country.
In gratitude for his zeal and services, the citizens of Camden have erected this monument.
His love of liberty induced him to leave the old world to aid the citizens of the new, in their struggle for Independence. His distinguished talents and many virtues weighed with Congress to appoint him Major General in their Revolutionary Army.
Erected 1825 by The citizens of Camden.
Location. 34° 14.819′ N, 80° 36.287′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is on East De Kalb Street (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. In the Bethesda Presbyterian Church yard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 502, Camden SC 29020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers E.H. Dibble Store / Eugene H. Dibble (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richard Kirkland (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baruch Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Bishop Davis House (approx. 0.2 miles away); King Haiglar Tower (approx. 0.2 miles away); Action at Logtown (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Honor and Rememberance (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
1. Baron De Kalb
Born in Huettendorf, Bavaria, the son of a peasant farmer, he attended school at Kriegenbronn before leaving home at age sixteen. He received military training in a German regiment of the French infantry in 1743. He served in the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War. In 1763, at the battle of Wilhelmstahl, he won the Order of Military Merit. In 1768 the head of the French Foreign Ministry sent DeKalb to America on a secret mission for France to determine the extent of colonial discontent. He returned with detailed reports, but was apparently eager to return to the New World. In 1776 won a promise of a commission in the Continental Army from Silas Deane, the American commissioner to France and sailed again once more for America. He arrived in July 1777 and was appointed
— Submitted October 4, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.
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