Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Prisoners of War
Constant fighting in the backcountry brought a steady stream of captives to Camden’s jail. Many were exchanged for British soldiers who had been captured by the Americans. A few who had broken their oath of allegiance to Britain were hanged for treason. Teenaged Andrew Jackson, future President of the United States, was a prisoner in Camden in 1781.
“It was an inclosure like those for cows or pigs, and within, sitting or stretched on the bare earth, with no protection from the sun, were hundreds of unhappy prisoners.” Mrs. Thomas McCalla, wife of an American prisoner, September 1780
Location. 34° 14.095′ N, 80° 36.105′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker can be reached from Broad Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in the Historic Camden
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kershaw House (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Kershaw (1728-1791) (within shouting distance of this marker); Southeast Redoubt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Common (about 400 feet away); Citizen - Soldiers (about 500 feet away); Northeast Redoubt (about 700 feet away); Palisade Wall (about 700 feet away); The Fortified Post (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 403 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. 3, 4. submitted on November 7, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on November 3, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.