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

War in the Backcountry

 
 
War in the Backcountry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 11, 2009
1. War in the Backcountry Marker
Inscription. A few weeks of peace followed the British capture of Charleston in May 1780 and their occupation of the South Carolina and Georgia backcountry. However, determined patriots like Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter soon organized partisan units and launched a guerrilla campaign against British posts and Loyalist militia.

"The approach of General Gates's Army unveiled to Us a Fund of disaffection in this Province, of which we could have formed no Idea: And even the disperdion of that force, did not extinguish the Ferment."
Lord Rawdon

General Horatio Gates's advance into South Carolina inspired more Americans to join the partisans. The guerrilla war included numerous minor engagements at Rocky Mount, Musgrove's Mill, and other backcountry locations, as well as major battles such as the American victory at Kings Mountain.

The constant fighting tied sown large numbers of British troops, harassed the Loyalist militia, and disrupted British efforts to move soldiers and supplies across the interior of South Carolina and Georgia.
 
Location. 34° 14.018′ N, 80° 36.243′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park. Marker is in this post office area: Camden SC 29020, United States of America.
 
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Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
2. Picture on the marker
Battle of Kings Mountain Color Engraving After Chappel, by Johnson Wilson & Co., 1874. Courtesy of South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site (within shouting distance of this marker); American Commanders (within shouting distance of this marker); British Commanders (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Allies (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fortified Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Palisade Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Camden - Strategic Key (within shouting distance of this marker); The Southern Campaign, Apr 1781 - Dec 1782 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, October 2, 2011
3. Overview
Historic Camden Exchange image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 11, 2009
4. Historic Camden Exchange
Bradley House, c 1800 image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 11, 2009
5. Bradley House, c 1800
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 742 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. Photos:   1. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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