Historic Markers Across South Carolina



The Loyalists



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Location: on State Road (South Carolina Route 28-703), Camden, SC
County: Kershaw
Coordinates: N 34° 13.936    W 080° 36.166
  34.23226666    -80.60276666
 



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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 all South Carolinians to take an oath of allegiance to the new government. Those who refused were banished and had their property confiscated. Some Loyalists took the oath in order to preserve their homes. Others, like Daniel McGirt who lived just south of Camden, escaped to British Florida where they joined partisan units and raided the frontier, or served in the South Carolina Royalists and other provincial regiments.

After the British occupied Camden, they formed a militia regiment under Colonel James Cary, a local resident. Most area Loyalists went to Charleston when the British evacuated Camden in 1781.

"We are much threatened here by the disaffected"
Joseph Kershaw


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More Information:
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site

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CWSAC Battle Summary - Honey Hill
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American Wars 101 - The Battle of Hobkirk's Hill 1781

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

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