Historic Markers Across South Carolina



War in the Backcountry



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Location: on State Road (South Carolina Route 28-703), Camden, SC
County: Kershaw
Coordinates: N 34° 14.018    W 080° 36.243
  34.23363333    -80.60405
 



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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 launched a guerrilla campaign against British posts and Loyalist militia.

"The approach of General Gates´s Army unveiled to Os a Fund of disaffection in this Province, of which we could have formed no Idea: And even the disperdion of that force, did not extinguish the Ferment."
Lord Rawdon

General Horatio Gates´s advance into South Carolina inspired more Americans to join the partisans. The guerrilla war included numerous minor engagements at Rocky Mount, Musgrove´s Mill, and other backcountry locations, as well as major battles such as the American victory at Kings Mountain.

The constant fighting tied sown large numbers of British troops, harassed the Loyalist militia, and disrupted British efforts to move soldiers and supplies across the interior of South Carolina and Georgia.


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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