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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kershaw County, South Carolina

Clickable Map of Kershaw County, South Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Kershaw County, SC (100) Chesterfield County, SC (19) Darlington County, SC (69) Fairfield County, SC (34) Lancaster County, SC (56) Lee County, SC (24) Richland County, SC (325) Sumter County, SC (67)  KershawCounty(100) Kershaw County (100)  ChesterfieldCounty(19) Chesterfield County (19)  DarlingtonCounty(69) Darlington County (69)  FairfieldCounty(34) Fairfield County (34)  LancasterCounty(56) Lancaster County (56)  LeeCounty(24) Lee County (24)  RichlandCounty(325) Richland County (325)  SumterCounty(67) Sumter County (67)
Camden is the county seat for Kershaw County
Adjacent to Kershaw County, South Carolina
      Chesterfield County (19)  
      Darlington County (69)  
      Fairfield County (34)  
      Lancaster County (56)  
      Lee County (24)  
      Richland County (325)  
      Sumter County (67)  
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1South Carolina, Kershaw County, Bethune — 28-7 — Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
[Front] The first Baptist Church in this area of Kershaw County was founded in a wooded area on Mecklenburg Road, two miles south of Lynchwood, now the town of Bethune. The church was founded in 1852 by Ellie Copeland and established on land . . . Map (db m28264) HM
2South Carolina, Kershaw County, Bethune — 28-16 — Tiller's Ferry
(Front) In 1760 Joseph Tiller received a grant for 100 acres on Lynches River, including this crossroads. James Tiller operated a ferry across the river 1 mi. N before 1806. He operated a toll bridge near the ferry, on the Stagecoach or . . . Map (db m53977) HM
3South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — A Daring Plan
Outnumbered and with little hope of getting reinforcements, Lord Rawdon believed that it would be foolish to sit passively behind Camden’s fortifications. Instead, after an American deserter reported that Greene had no artillery, Rawdon chose to . . . Map (db m48692) HM
4South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — A Final Encounter
Late in the afternoon of April 25, Greene sent William Washington’s cavalry and Captain Robert Kirkwood’s Delaware company back to Hobkirk’s Hill to gather wounded men and stragglers. Seeing Major John Coffin and his Loyalist cavalry on the hill, . . . Map (db m48737) HM
5South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Action at Logtown
Logtown was a cluster of log houses one mile north of the colonial town of Camden. The American army approached Camden from the northeast on April 19, 1781. General Greene ordered Captain Robert Kirkwood and his company of Delaware Continentals to . . . Map (db m48263) HM
6South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — African Americans Choose Sides
At the start of the Revolution, South Carolina's slaves numbered over 100,000, compared to 70,000 white inhabitants. Most slaves labored on coastal plantations-only 6,000 lived in the backcountry. Slaves in the Camden area helped to build and . . . Map (db m23492) HM
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7South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Agnes of Glasgow 1760 ~ 1780
Here sleeps Agnes of Glasgow, who tradition says followed her lover, of the British Army, across the ocean and through the wilderness to Camden. She was taken by death before she found him and buried here at night by King Haigler and his men.Map (db m49276) HM
8South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 3 — All the King's Men
The force fighting under Gen. Charles, Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Camden was as diverse as the foe they faced. At the core of the British Army were the “regulars.” That may not sound threatening, but these highly trained . . . Map (db m48000) HM
9South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — American Commanders
Major General Horatio Gates (1728-1806) Born in England, Gates served as a staff officer during the French and Indian War (1754-1763), but later resigned from the British army. He moved to Virginia in 1772. At the outbreak of the Revolution, he . . . Map (db m48895) HM
10South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 5 — Attack at Dawn
Following the tradition of positioning the best troops at the commander’s right hand, Gen. Horatio Gates placed one brigade of Continentals on his right, and held the second in reserve, leaving inexperienced militia on his left. Since Cornwallis . . . Map (db m48006) HM
11South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Baron DeKalb
Baron DeKalb mortally wounded on this spot at Battle of Camden, Aug. 16, 1780.Map (db m1700) HM
12South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-8 — Baruch Home
On this site stood the birthplace and boyhood home of Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965), financier, philanthropist, and adviser to presidents. He was instrumental in establishing the Camden Hospital, with opened in 1913, as a tribute to his father, Dr. . . . Map (db m27624) HM
13South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-1 — Battle of Camden
Near here on August 16, 1780, an American army under General Gates was defeated by British forces commanded by Lord Cornwallis. Major General Baron de Kalb was mortally wounded in this battle. British Troops Engaged Tarleton’s Legion, . . . Map (db m11255) HM
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14South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-2 — Battle Of Hobkirk Hill
Battle of Hobkirk Hill in the Revolutionary War took place on this ridge April 25, 1781. The British Army was commanded by General Lord Rawdon, the Continental Army by General Nathanael Greene.Map (db m27618) HM
15South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-2 (#1) — Battle of Hobkirk Hill
in the Revolutionary War took place on this ridge April 25, 1781. The British Amry was Commanded by General Lord Rawdon, the Continental Army by General Nathanael Greene.Map (db m27617) HM
16South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Battle of Hobkirk's Hill
Along this ridge, American and British armies clashed on April 25, 1781, in the Revolutionary War Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill. Major General Nathanael Greene’s American troops had occupied the hill to threaten Camden, the most important British post in . . . Map (db m48690) HM
17South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — British Commanders
Lieutenant General Charles, Lord Cornwallis (1738 - 1805) Lord Cornwallis, a member of one of England’s most prominent noble families, began his military career in 1756. He distinguished himself during the Seven Year’s War (1756 - 1763). At . . . Map (db m48894) HM
18South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-4 — Camden
This area, first held by Wateree and Catawba Indians, was laid out as Fredericksburg Township in 1733. Here on the Catawba Path the trading town of Pine Tree Hill was settled. In 1769 courts were set up and the town named Camden in honor of Lord . . . Map (db m27622) HM
19South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-4 (#1) — Camden
This area, first held by Wateree and Catawba Indians, was laid out as Fredericksburg Township in 1733. Here on the Catawba Path the trading town of Pine Tree Hill was settled. In 1769 courts were set up and town named Camden in honor of Lord Camden, . . . Map (db m27621) HM
20South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Camden - Strategic Key
At the start of the American Revolution, Camden was located here, just south of the present city. It was home to at least thirty families, a Presbyterian church, and a Quaker meetinghouse. With its court house, stores, artisans, and grist mills to . . . Map (db m49034) HM
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21South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Camden Battlefield
. . . Map (db m48179) HM
22South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Capt. Robert Kirkwood (1756-1791)
At the start of the American Revolution, Robert Kirkwood served as a lieutenant in Hazlet’s Delaware Regiment and in 1777 was promoted to captain and company commander in the 1st Delaware Continental Regiment. In the Battle of Camden (Aug. 16, . . . Map (db m48688) HM
23South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 9 — Charge and Countercharge
After ordering Webster to attack, Cornwallis commanded Lt. Col., Lord Rawdon to advance on his left. Through heavy fire, they drove back the 2nd Maryland Brigade until Gen. Baron De Kalb succeeded in halting the British charge and leading a . . . Map (db m48024) HM
24South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Citizen - Soldiers
In colonial America, all able-bodied men from teenagers to sixty-year-olds served in the militia, a local force that turned out for military service in times of emergency. Official training sessions, or musters, were held once or twice per year in . . . Map (db m23387) HM
25South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Colonel Joseph Kershaw's Tomb
Joseph Kershaw (1727 - 1791) is buried in this family enclosure. He was a successful businessman, politician, district sheriff, and South Carolina Patriot militia colonel in the Revolutionary War. He helped mediate a peaceful settlement to the South . . . Map (db m48183) HM
26South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Confederate War Memorial
This Monument is erected by the women of Kershaw County in memory of her brave sons who fell during the Confederate War defending the rights and honor of the South.Map (db m23445) HM
27South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 8 — Defeat in the Center
Acrid smoke made it hard to breathe or see. The roar of gunfire and the death-cries of comrades made it hard to hear or think. The 1st Maryland Brigade and the NC militia battled the British 23rd and 33rd Regiments and light infantry in the center . . . Map (db m48019) HM
28South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Donald Truesdell MemorialMedal of Honor Recipient
Donald Leroy Truesdell Aug. 26. 1906 Sept. 21, 1993 Medal of Honor Recipient Place/Citation: Costancia, Northern Nicaragua 1932Truesdell, serving in Nicaragua as second in command of a guardia national patrol, was sent out on mission with orders to . . . Map (db m62200) WM
29South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 10 — Driven from the Field
Defeated along the entire front, the remaining American troops lost all military organization and fled in confusion. Some Continentals from the 1st Maryland Brigade retreated along the Great Wagon Road. Others, including survivors of the 2nd . . . Map (db m48031) HM
30South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28 13 — E.H. Dibble Store / Eugene H. Dibble
E.H. Dibble Store This store, constructed in 1891 on what was then the corner of 6th Avenue (now Broad Street) and DeKalb Street, was the second home of E.H.Dibble and Brothers Grocery, which sold "general merchandise" as well as "heavy and . . . Map (db m23442) HM
31South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Forced to Retreat
With the British troops holding the summit of Hobkirk’s Hill and his own army in disorder, Greene decided to retreat. In the confusion of battle, some of the American soldiers managed to carry off the army’s artillery, preventing its capture by the . . . Map (db m70789) HM
32South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Fruitless Victory
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 . . . Map (db m48697) HM
33South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-5 — Gaol
On this corner stood the gaol, built in 1771 and burned in 1812. During the Revolution the British imprisoned in it many American soldiers and civilians. Among them, after his capture near the Waxhaws, was the boy Andrew Jackson, later seventh . . . Map (db m27620) HM
34South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 6 — General Gate's Disgrace
When the militia fled before the initial British charge, Gates tried to rally them. However, the throng of panicked militiamen swept him up in their northward flight. Far removed from the battlefield, Gates assumed that his army had been . . . Map (db m48013) HM
35South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-3 — General Greene's Headquarters
150 yards to the east is where Gen. Nathanael Grenne had the headquarters of the American Army during the Battel of Hodkirk Hill April 25, 1781.Map (db m27615) HM
36South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Greene's Counterblow
Seeing that the British line was much shorter than his own, Greene decided to counterattack. He ordered the 1st Maryland and 2nd Virginia regiments to make a frontal attack against the advancing British troops, while the 2nd Maryland regiment struck . . . Map (db m48733) HM
37South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Historic Camden Revolutionary War SiteWelcome to Historic Camden
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is located at the original site of Camden, the oldest inland town in South Carolina. Established in 1733, colonial Camden emerged as the trade center of the backcountry by the 1760s. On June 1, 1780, Camden’s . . . Map (db m48897) HM
38South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — In Honor and Rememberance
In honor and remembrance of the Heroes and Victims in the Fight Against Terrorism and to Celebrate the Enduring Spirit of All Americans Presented by Woodmen of the WorldMap (db m48264) HM
39South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — James Polk Dickinson
Side One In memory of James Polk Dickinson, a native of Camden born January 21st 1816. And died at Mixchoac Mexico Sept 12th 1847 Fearless of danger and undaunted by opposition he was an early active and zealous champion in the Floridian and . . . Map (db m49273) HM
40South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-10 — John C. West Boyhood Home
This farm was the boyhood home of John Carl West (b. 1922), governor of South Carolina 1971-75. West, a graduate of the Citadel and the University of S.C., served as an intelligence officer in World War II, as state senator 1955-66, and as . . . Map (db m27656) HM
41South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Joseph Kershaw (1728-1791)
A native of England, Joseph Kershaw came to South Carolina about 1755 and had moved to Camden (then called Pine Tree Hill) by 1758, where he established a store. As a member of the colonial legislator, Kershaw promoted Camden's development and . . . Map (db m23382) HM
42South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Kershaw House
This Georgian Mansion overlooking Camden was originally built c.1775-1780 by Joseph Kershaw. A wealthy merchant and leading citizen, Kershaw modeled his residence after the William Washington house in Charleston. During the British occupation of . . . Map (db m156317) HM
43South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — King Haiglar Tower
   King Haiglar is often called the patron saint of Camden. From about 1750 until his murder by hostile Indians in 1763, this noble Catawba chief was a valuable friend to the pioneers of Pine Tree Hill, as Camden was then known.    Some time . . . Map (db m23408) HM
44South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Maj. Gen. Baron Johann de Kalb's Original Gravesite
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 . . . Map (db m49354) HM
45South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-11 — Mather Academy
[Front] Mather Academy was founded in 1887 by the New England Southern Conference of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church. It succeeded a freedmen's school opened during Reconstruction by Sarah Babcock, who returned . . . Map (db m27657) HM
46South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 2 — Meet the American Army of 1780
The Americans who fought the Revolutionary War reflected colonial society: an array of backgrounds, ages and skill. Professional soldiers mixed with non-military tradesmen, idealistic Europeans shared battlefields with illiterate farmers, Native . . . Map (db m47997) HM
47South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-17 — Monroe Boykin Park
(Front) In the 1798 city plan, this five-acre park was laid out as a public square. In 1900 the Seaboard Air Line Railway built a passenger depot next to it, on the SW corner of Chesnut & Gordon Sts. The city beautified the square to . . . Map (db m54659) HM
48South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Monument to Kershaw County’s Confederate Dead
In 1883, the Ladies Memorial Association of Camden unveiled this monument dedicated to Kershaw County’s Confederate War dead. Confederate General John Doby Kennedy of Camden laid the cornerstone with a Masonic trowel once used by Revolutionary War . . . Map (db m109890) HM
49South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Monument to Lt. Col. James Polk Dickinson
Lt. Col. James Polk Dickinson (1816-1847) was born in Camden. He studied law and served in the State Legislature from 1842-1848. Contemporary accounts described him as “proud, high spirited, and restive under control.” He was also known . . . Map (db m109892) HM
50South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Native Allies
The Catawba Indians befriended and traded with the first English colonists who settled in the interior of South Carolina. In 1763, after a devastating smallpox epidemic, tribal leaders ceded most of their land in exchange for a reservation along the . . . Map (db m23393) HM
51South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Northeast Redoubt
This partially reconstructed redoubt was one of six small forts built by British forces during their occupation of Camden in 1780 - 1781. Manned by a detachment of infantry and supported by heavy artillery, these works served as the outer line of . . . Map (db m49107) HM
52South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Northwest Redoubt
In 1780 - 81, the British built a series of small forts or redoubts to serve as an outer line of defense for their headquarters at Camden. They were well fortified with troops and artillery, making Camden relatively impenetrable to attack by the . . . Map (db m111224) HM
53South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Nothwest Redoubt
In 1780 - 81, the British built a series of small forts or redoubts to serve as an outer line of defense for their headquarters at Camden. They were well fortified with troops and artillery, making Camden relatively impenetrable to attacks by the . . . Map (db m49355) HM
54South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Old Camden Courthouse and Gaol
On this site stood the original Camden District Courthouse and gaol (jail), built in response to increased lawlessness in the South Carolina backcountry. Construction was completed in 1771 and the first term of criminal court convened shortly . . . Map (db m49353) HM
55South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Palisade Wall
This wall is a partial reconstruction of the wall erected by British forces during their occupation of Camden in 1780 - 81. The log wall completely surrounded the central portion of the town, which was located along both sides of Broad Street and . . . Map (db m49112) HM
56South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 7 — Panic and Valor
When ordering his militia to attack, Gates envisioned them marching forward and leaving their initial position vacant. He therefore instructed Gen. William Smallwood to advance his 1st Maryland Brigade to take their place. However, before . . . Map (db m48014) HM
57South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Pantheon
Generals C.S.A. Cantey Chestnut 1861 Deas 1865 Villepigue Kennedy Kershaw Natives of CamdenMap (db m51704) HM
58South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Powder Magazine
This structure was built in 1777 under the direction of Joseph Kershaw for the state of South Carolina. A storage facility for ammunition, the magazine had a vaulted roof, 48 inch walls, and supporting butteresses and pillars. Although local . . . Map (db m23385) HM
59South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Presbyterian Meeting House
Near this memorial stood the Presbyterian Meeting House, first place of worship in Camden after that of the Quakers. It was built about 1774 on land given by Col. Joseph Kershaw and confirmed in his Will dated 1778. The first building was destroyed . . . Map (db m49524) HM
60South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Prisoners of War
Captured Americans were confined in Camden throughout the British occupation. When the American army approached the town in August 1780, British troops locked the town’s patriot leaders in the jail (located on the southeast corner of Broad and King . . . Map (db m49106) HM
61South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 11 — Pursued Beyond the Battlefield
After the battle, Cornwallis’s exhausted infantry held the field while Tarleton and his cavalry chased the Americans, capturing hundreds and killing untold others. Loyalists living north of Camden rounded up more patriot prisoners, turning them over . . . Map (db m48040) HM
62South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Quaker Burying Ground
Near here was the Meeting House built by the Quakers on four acres of land leased to them by Samuel Wyly on Sept. 6, 1759, for the term of 999 years at a yearly rental of one Pepper Corn, if lawfully demanded. This was their burial ground. The . . . Map (db m49685) HM
63South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Revolutionary War Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to American Revolutionary War heroes who were patriots of the Old Camden District … Markers are for Patriots buried in graves known and unknown … Patriots in marked graves in Quaker Cemetery are: Surgeon Isaac Alexander, . . . Map (db m51707) HM
64South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Richard Kirkland
(West face): To Richard Kirkland C. S. A. in commemoration of his heroism at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862. Christlike compassion moved him to leap over the stone wall, a mark for hostile guns, and carry water, again and again, to the . . . Map (db m48188) HM
65South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-18 — Samuel Mathis House
(Front) The Samuel Mathis House, known as “Aberdeen,” was built c. 1805 and is among the oldest extant houses in Camden. It was home to prominent Camden residents Samuel and Margaret Mathis. Samuel (1760-1823) was reportedly the . . . Map (db m159724) HM
66South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 4 — Shots in the Dark
Under a full moon in the dead of night, the advance guards of the two armies came upon each other on the Great Wagon Road. Britain’s Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton, marching from Camden with his dragoons, promptly charged the American cavalry of Col. . . . Map (db m48004) HM
67South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Southeast Redoubt
This reconstructed small fort, guarding the southeastern approaches to Camden, was one of a ring of redoubts surrounding the fortified town. Typical of eighteenth century field fortifications, this redoubt used a combination of moat, earthen . . . Map (db m23383) HM
68South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Southwest Redoubt
In 1780 - 81, the British built a series of small forts to serve as an outer line of defense for their headquarters at the Town of Camden. They were fortified with troops and artillery, making Camden relatively impenetrable to attack by the Colonial . . . Map (db m49357) HM
69South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Southwest Redoubt
In 1780 - 81, the British built a series of small forts or redoubts to serve as an outer line of defense for their headquarters at Camden. They were well fortified with troops and artillery, making Camden relatively impenetrable to attack by the . . . Map (db m111225) HM
70South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Struggle for the Hill
After Lord Rawdon reinforced his flanks, American and British soldiers exchanged musket volleys for several minutes. The battered British units on Rawdon’s left soon began to fall back. Just as American victory seemed assured, a sharpshooter . . . Map (db m48734) HM
71South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The American Army
At Hobkirk’s Hill the American army numbered between 1,200 and 1,500 men. Col. Otho Holland Williams’s brigade held the left of the line. It consisted of two Maryland Continental regiments commanded by Col. John Gunby and Lt. Col. Benjamin Ford, . . . Map (db m48268) HM
72South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Americans Return
In late March 1781, Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene made one of the most important decisions of the Revolutionary War. Rather than pursue Lord Cornwallis’s British force toward Wilmington, North Carolina, Greene resolved to lead the American army back to . . . Map (db m48185) HM
73South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Battle of Hobkirk Hill
The Battle of Hobkirk Hill Revolutionary War April 25, 1781 Took Place on this ridge The Continental Army was commanded by General Nathaniel Greene and The British by General Lord RawdonMap (db m48266) HM
74South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Bishop Davis Housecirca 1817
This Charleston Single House was built about 1817 by William Daniel(B. 1775 ~ D. 1828), a planter and owner of farm property at White Oak Creek about halfway between Camden and Liberty Hill. His vault type tomb is located there. In 1837 the house . . . Map (db m53974) HM
75South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The British Army
Lord Rawdon commanded less than 950 men at Hobkirk’s Hill. The majority were American Loyalists in the Volunteers of Ireland (140), the King’s American Regiment (160), New York Volunteers (160), the South Carolina Royalists (130), and Major John . . . Map (db m48271) HM
76South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The British Attack
Rawdon’s advance companies, the light infantry and grenadiers of the Volunteers of Ireland, struck the pickets on Greene’s left. The musket fire alerted the Americans, who hurried to get into battle formation. Meanwhile, Rawdon deployed the . . . Map (db m48735) HM
77South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The British Evacuation
The American capture of Fort Watson on the Santee River on April 23,1781,cut the supply line from Charleston to Camden. Lord Rawdon, commander of the British garrison, admitted that he was"completely dependent...for subsistence, for military stores, . . . Map (db m23403) HM
78South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Camden Oakcirca 1790
As a mere sapling, I witnessed the rebirth of Camden after the devastations of the American Revolution. The British had occupied our town as a supply post in June 1780. When they evacuated eleven months later, they left it “little more than a . . . Map (db m48739) HM
79South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Cleveland School Fire
Erected to the memory of those who lost their lives in the Cleveland School Fire, on the night of May 17, 1923. Grace Arrants, Age 7 yr.; Ima Arrants, Age 17 yr; Mrs. Floride Brown, Age 47 yr.; Lottie Brown, Age 9 yr.; Eugene A. Brown, Age 57 . . . Map (db m48563) HM
80South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Common
The area between the Kershaw House and Camden was the scene of numerous military exercises throughout the years. Occupying British troops used the field as a parade ground, and in 1825, Revolutionary War hero the Marquise de Lafayette reviewed . . . Map (db m49109) HM
81South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The De Kalb Monument
(Front Face): To De Kalb Here lie the remains of Baron De Kalb, German by birth, but in principle, citizen of the world. (Left Face): He was second in command in the battle fought near Camden, on the 16th August, 1780, . . . Map (db m47858) HM
82South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Fortified Post
The first fortifications at Camden were constructed in March and April, 1780, to protect the town's powder magazine from surprise attack by Loyalists. When British forces under Lord Cornwallis occupied the town on June 1, they strengthened the . . . Map (db m23390) HM
83South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Loyalists
Many Americans opposed the Revolutionary movement, preferring to remain under British rule. These colonists called themselves "Loyalists". The Revolutionaries called them "Tories"or the "disaffected". When fighting began, state officials ordered . . . Map (db m23384) HM
84South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 28-19 — The Price House
The Price House dates to 1829-30 and was built shortly after the Camden fire of 1829 burned many of the homes and businesses on Broad St. The Greek Revival home is representative of other buildings that once stood nearby, with the lower floor . . . Map (db m159722) HM
85South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — 1 — The Road to Battle
See that flat depression in the ground? That’s the surviving imprint of the Great Wagon Road, a route used by thousands of settlers from the 1740s to the early 1800s. The road began in Philadelphia, carrying Quakers, Germans, Scots-Irish and . . . Map (db m47993) HM
86South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Southern Campaign, Apr 1781 - Dec 1782
Upon returning to South Carolina, Greene moved against Camden, where Lord Rawdon commanded the British garrison. Rawdon attacked the Americans at Hobkirk’s Hill on April 25, 1781, and defeated Greene. However, partisan forces cut the British line of . . . Map (db m49037) HM
87South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Southern Campaign, Aug 1780 - Apr 1781
After the American defeat at Camden in August 1780, the remnants of the Continental Army regrouped in North Carolina. Lord Cornwallis decided to follow up his victory with an invasion of that state, and advanced from Camden on September 8. The . . . Map (db m49041) HM
88South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — The Southern Campaign, Dec 1778 - Aug 1780
The American victory at Saratoga, New York, in October 1777, and France’s subsequent entry into the Revolutionary War as an American ally, forced British officials to abandon their effort to achieve victory in the northern colonies. Instead, they . . . Map (db m49044) HM
89South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — War in the Backcountry
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 . . . Map (db m49113) HM
90South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — West Redoubt
In 1780 - 81, the British built a series of small forts or redoubts to serve as an outer line of defense for their headquarters at Camden. They were well fortified with troops and artillery, making Camden relatively impenetrable to attacks by the . . . Map (db m49356) HM
91South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — West Redoubt
In 1780 - 81, the British built a series of small forts or redoubts to serve as an outer line of defense for their headquarters at Camden. They were fortified with troops and artillery, making Camden relatively impenetrable to attack by the . . . Map (db m109732) HM
92South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — William Washington's Ride
Lt. Col. Washington led his Calvary around the east side of the battlefield, then rode into the British rear at the base of Hobkirk’s Hill. There he found a large number of stragglers, wounded men, doctors, and other noncombatants. Washington . . . Map (db m48736) HM
93South Carolina, Kershaw County, Camden — Women in the Revolution
Women lived difficult lives in the Revolutionary era. They cooked, wove cloth and sewed it into clothing, washed, mended, and raised children. They also usually helped their husbands on the farm or in the family business. The war forced women to . . . Map (db m23402) HM
94South Carolina, Kershaw County, Cassatt — 28-9 — Midway High School
(Front) Midway School, established on this site in 1923 with grades 1-11, served Cassatt and other rural areas in Kershaw County near U.S. Hwy. 1 from Little Lynches River to the Shepard community. The high school later added grade 12, then . . . Map (db m47547) HM
95South Carolina, Kershaw County, Cassatt — 28-12 — West's Crossroads / Donald H. Holland House
(Front): This crossroads, long owned by the West family, is the junction of the Georgetown and Porter Bridge Roads, both of which appear on Robert Mills's 1825 Atlas of S.C. In early 1865 opposing forces camped nearby as Gen. M.C. Butler's . . . Map (db m28260) HM
96South Carolina, Kershaw County, Elgin — In Memory of All American Veterans
This memorial honors all American Veterans who, although separated by generations, shared a common, undeniable goal ~ to valiantly protect our country's freedoms. The memories of these American veterans will continue to live on whenever and . . . Map (db m51961) HM
97South Carolina, Kershaw County, Liberty Hill — 28 - 15 — Peay's Ferry / Peay's Ferry Road
(Front) A ferry was operated on the Wateree River, at a point about 4 mi. W, as early as 1775. In 1808 ferry rights were granted to Thomas Starke, Jr. and Austin Ford Peay (d. 1841), planters with property in Fairfield and Kershaw . . . Map (db m49352) HM
98South Carolina, Kershaw County, Liberty Hill — 28-14 — Warrenton Muster Ground
The Warrenton Muster Ground, originally known as Gardner's Old Field, was a nineteenth and early-twentieth century meeting place for local militia companies. The area was named Warrenton after thirty families from Warrenton, N.C. settled here . . . Map (db m27658) HM
99South Carolina, Kershaw County, Lugoff — Our Honored Dead
(West Face): Dedicated to Lt. Gen. James Maurice Gavin, USA March 22, 1907 ~ February 23, 1990 And Our Honored Dead *** 1st Commander 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment Commanding General 82nd Airborne Division Ambassador to France *** A . . . Map (db m49770) HM
100South Carolina, Kershaw County, Rembert — 28-6 — Battle of Boykin's Mill
Gen. Edward E. Potter commanding 2700 white and Negro Union troops left Georgetown April 5, 1865, to destroy the railroad between Sumter and Camden. Here on April 18, in one of the last engagements of the war, a small force of Confederate . . . Map (db m27623) HM
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Apr. 1, 2023