Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The British Army
The British 63rd Regiment numbered 180 men, and Rawdon combed the hospital at Camden for another 50 soldiers whom he considered well enough to fight. They were formed into a company designated “Convalescents.”
A detachment of the Royal Artillery with two six-pounder cannon supported Rawdon’s troops.
Location. 34° 16.01′ N, 80° 36.081′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is on Kirkwood Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. 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. The Battle of Hobkirk Hill (here, next to this marker); The American Army (a few steps from this marker); Capt. Robert Kirkwood (1756-1791) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Hobkirk's Hill (about 400 Fruitless Victory (approx. ¼ mile away); The British Attack (approx. ¼ mile away); A Daring Plan (approx. ¼ mile away); Struggle for the Hill (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
1. Lieutenant Colonel Francis, Lord Rawdon (1754 - 1826)
Lord Radon went south to the Siege of Charleston with reinforcements, then Lord Cornwallis posted him at Camden (16 August 1780) as the British sought to occupy South Carolina. Rawdon commanded the British left wing at the Battle of Camden. When Cornwallis went into Virginia, he left Rawdon in effective command in the south.
Perhaps his most noted achievement was the victory in 1781 at the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill, where in command of only a small force, he defeated by superior military skill and determination, a much larger body of Americans rebels. Thinking, (in error) that Nathanael Greene had moved his artillery away, Rawdon attacked Greene's left wing, forcing the Americans to retire.
However, Rawdon was forced to begin a gradual retreat to Charleston, relieving the siege of Ninety-Six,
— Submitted October 13, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.
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