Historic Markers Across South Carolina



Women in the Revolution



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Location: on State Road (South Carolina Route 28-703), Camden, SC
County: Kershaw
Coordinates: N 34° 14.035    W 080° 36.305
  34.23391666    -80.60508333
 



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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 take on additional tasks. Many had to take over farms and shops while their husbands were away on military service. They cared for sick and wounded soldiers, and some acted as spies and messengers for the armies. A few accompanied their husbands as camp followers, staying with the army and performing tasks such as cooking and laundry for the soldiers.

Women experienced the horrors of war as Patriot and Loyalist militia plundered the houses of suspected enemies and often burned them. Both armies seized crops and livestock, leaving women and children hungry and sometimes homeless. Despite these hardships, women persevered and contributed much to the American victory.


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More Information:
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site

Wikipedia - Battle of Boykin's Mill
Boykin Mill Farm- Battle of Boykin's Mill
CWSAC Battle Summary - Honey Hill
Wikipedia - Battle of Hobkirk Hill
American Wars 101 - The Battle of Hobkirk's Hill 1781

Wikipedia - Nathanael Greene
Historic Valley Forge - General Nathanael Greene

Wikipedia - Battle of Hobkirk Hill
American Wars 101 - The Battle of Hobkirk's Hill 1781

Wikipedia - American Revolutionary War
SCIWAY - American Revolutionary War in SC