Historic Markers Across South Carolina



Gaol



Marker ID: SCHM 28-5
Location: Corner of King and Broad Street, Camden, SC
County: Kershaw
Coordinates: N 34° 14.366    W 080° 36.379
  34.23943333    -80.60631666
Style: Free Standing **
 



Text:

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 president of the US. He is said to have watched the battle of Hobkirk Hill through a hole he cut in the wall of the gaol´s second story.

Erected by Kershaw County Historical Society and The City of Camden - 1958