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Near Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Road to Battle

 
 
The Road to Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. The Road to Battle Marker
Inscription. See that flat depression in the ground? Thatís the surviving imprint of the Great Wagon Road, a route used by thousands of settlers from the 1740s to the early 1800s.

The road began in Philadelphia, carrying Quakers, Germans, Scots-Irish and Moravians westward and then down the Shenandoah Valley and across North Carolina.

In South Carolina, it divided into an eastern fork that passed through Camden and a western fork that continued into Georgia.

It was the interstate highway of its day, and in August 1780, the Great Wagon Road led to battle as two armies unwittingly converged here on a moonlit night.
 
Erected by The Palmetto Conservation Foundation. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 34° 21.416′ N, 80° 36.577′ W. Marker is near Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker can be reached from Flat Rock Road (State Highway 58). Touch for map. 6.2 miles North of Camden off US 521 and 601 on SC 58. 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. Panic and Valor (within shouting distance of this marker); Defeat in the Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meet the American Army of 1780
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Overview
(about 500 feet away); Camden Battlefield (about 600 feet away); Pursued Beyond the Battlefield (about 700 feet away); Driven from the Field (about 700 feet away); Battle of Camden (about 800 feet away); Baron DeKalb (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of an interpretive trail series at the Battle of Camden National Historic Landmark
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Picture on the marker
A century before the Oregon Trail carried Americans westward, the Great Wagon Road led the way to expanded settlement across the southern frontier. The road began as a Native American trading route; locally it was known as the Catawba Path.
Right side picture image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
4. Right side picture
During the Revolution, this area was “piney woods,” generally free of underbrush, which allowed the infantry and cavalry to march among the tall longleaf pines.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 9, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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