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

Maj. Gen. Baron Johann de Kalb's Original Gravesite

 
 
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By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
1. Maj. Gen. Baron Johann de Kalb's Original Gravesite Marker
Inscription. Johann de Kalb (1721 - 1780) had a distinguished career in the French army and later served as a spy for the French Court, touring the British American colonies in 1768. He returned to America with the Marquis de Lafayette in 1777 to assist the American revolutionaries, and Congress appointed him a major general in the Continental Army. Having led the Maryland and Delaware Continental troops to the South in 1780, he fought heroically at the Battle of Camden, where he received 11 gunshot and bayonet wounds. He was treated at the British military hospital at Camden by Lord Cornwallis’s own surgeons, and reportedly told a British officer: “I die the death I always prayed for: the death of a soldier fighting for the rights of man.” He died on August 19 and was buried at this location with full military honors. Disinterred in 1825, his body was reburied at Bethesda Presbyterian Church on DeKalb Street.

“Too much honor cannot be paid by Congress, to the memory of the Baron De Kalb. He was every thing an excellent officer should be, and in the cause of the United States, he has sacrificed his life.” Gen. Horatio Gates
 
Location. 34° 14.039′ N, 80° 36.453′ W. Marker is in Camden, South Carolina, in Kershaw County. Marker
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By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
2. Overview
is at the intersection of Meeting Street and Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Meeting Street. 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. Presbyterian Meeting House (a few steps from this marker); The Camden Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Agnes of Glasgow 1760 ~ 1780 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Southwest Redoubt (about 300 feet away); West Redoubt (about 700 feet away); Quaker Burying Ground (about 700 feet away); Women in the Revolution (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Camden.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary
 
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By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
3. Picture on the marker
Battle of Camden, So Ca Death of Genl De-Kalb Engraving by Adam B. Walter. Private collection W. Polk.
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By Anna Inbody, November 8, 2011
4. Picture on the marker
"The Death of DeKalb" colored by B. Caroline Baxley from an engraving of a painting by Alonzo Chappel.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 504 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 9, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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