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

General Gate's Disgrace

 
 
General Gate's Disgrace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
1. General Gate's Disgrace Marker
Inscription. When the militia fled before the initial British charge, Gates tried to rally them. However, the throng of panicked militiamen swept him up in their northward flight.

Far removed from the battlefield, Gates assumed that his army had been defeated and he decided to go to Charlotte to regroup. Finding neither troops nor supplies there, Gates rode on to Hillsborough, NC to seek help from North Carolina’s state legislature.

Although the Continental Congress initially backed Gates, his political enemies exploited his three-day journey from the battlefield as an act of cowardice. He was removed from command, and his reputation never recovered.

“Was there ever an instance of a General running away as Gates has done?” Alexander Hamilton
 
Erected by The Palmetto Conservation Foundation. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Location. 34° 21.471′ N, 80° 36.422′ 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
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Overview
. Panic and Valor (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Road to Battle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Meet the American Army of 1780 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camden Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defeat in the Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Attack at Dawn (approx. ¼ mile away); Baron DeKalb (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Camden (approx. ¼ mile 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
 
Major General Horatio Gates image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Major General Horatio Gates
"Horatio Gates by Charles Willson Peale, from life, 1782" Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park.
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
4. Picture on the marker
Gen. Gates, whom Congress had entrusted with supreme command of the southern army, rode 180 miles away from troops as they fell to ignominious defeat. “I then endeavored to rally the Militia, but they ran like a Torrent, and bore all before them.” Gen. Horatio Gates
 
 
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 438 times since then and 34 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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