Historic Camden is proudly leading the way in working to preserve the hallowed grounds of the Battle of Camden. We are working with the SC Battleground Preservation Trust to ensure that this landmark of the American Revolution is properly preserved and presented as a place for visitors to learn about the battle that took place and the soldiers involved.
Camden’s significant loyalist population and ready access to supplies made it an ideal base for the British war efforts. The British erected six redoubts, a regional hospital, and fought two key battles nearby before destroying the town and ultimately evacuating.
Battle of Camden
On August 16th, 1780 the British Army, led by Lord Charles Cornwallis, would clash with American forces led by General Horatio Gates. In what was a brutal battle, Gates’ misplacement of troops and inexperienced militia is often cited as key roles in American defeat.
Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill
On the morning of April 25th, 1781, British forces led by Lord Rawdon engaged General Nathanael Greene and the American forces at Hobkirk Hill. After a brief but intense battle, Greene would order a retreat. The British, rattled, would soon evacuate the town.
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