Historic Markers Across South Carolina



Forced to Retreat



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Location: On Greene St between Broad St and Lyttleton St, Camden, SC
County: Kershaw
Coordinates: N 34° 15.865    W 080° 36.396
  34.26441666    -80.6066
 



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With the British troops holding the summit of Hobkirk’s Hill and his own army in disorder, Greene decided to retreat. In the confusion of battle, some of the American soldiers managed to carry off the army’s artillery, preventing its capture by the British.

Greene withdrew three miles from the battlefield with some of Rawdon’s troops in pursuit. However, Rawdon believed that his force was too small to venture any farther from his fortifications. Later in the day he withdrew to Camden, leaving about fifty cavalrymen to hold Hobkirk’s Hill.

British losses in the battle were 38 killed, 177 wounded, and 43 missing. American casualties amounted to 25 killed, 108 wounded, and 136 missing.

“The Troops … had got into too much disorder to recover the fortune of the Day.”
General Nathanael Greene


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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