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

Fruitless Victory

 
 
Fruitless Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 1, 2011
1. Fruitless Victory Marker
Inscription. Lord Rawdon had defeated the American army at Hobkirk’s Hill, but the British gained nothing from the victory. Two days earlier, on April 23, South Carolina partisans under Francis Marion and Henry Lee’s Continental legion had forced the surrender of Fort Watson on the Santee River. The loss of this post cut the British line of communication between Charleston and Camden.

With his supply line severed, Greene’s army to the north, Marion and Lee to the southeast, and other partisans active west of Camden, Rawdon could not hold his position without risking the loss of his army. After receiving reinforcements on May 7, Rawdon tried to maneuver Greene into another battle but failed. He then decided to evacuate Camden.

“This little repulse will make no alteration in our general plan of operation.” Nathanael Greene, referring to his defeat at Hobkirk’s Hill
 
Location. 34° 15.964′ N, 80° 36.309′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker is on Lyttleton Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205, Camden SC 29020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Struggle for the Hill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 1, 2011
2. Overview
Battle Of Hobkirk Hill (about 700 feet away); William Washington's Ride (about 700 feet away); Forced to Retreat (about 700 feet away); Greene's Counterblow (approx. 0.2 miles away); The British Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); The British Army (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Hobkirk Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Picture of Henry Lee on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody
3. Picture of Henry Lee on the marker
Portrait by Charles Willson Peale, c. 1782. Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park.
Picture of Francis Marion on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
4. Picture of Francis Marion on the marker
“Francis Marion, Swamp Fox” by Werner Willis, 1999, Werner Willis Fine Art.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 24, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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