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“De Kalb has died, as he has lived, the unconquered friend of liberty”

On this date in 1780, Johann von Robias, Baron de Kalb, died of wounds received three days earlier during the Battle of Camden, South Carolina. de Kalb, born on June 19, 1721 in the Principality of Bayreuth, was in charge … Continue reading

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“Gentlemen, what is best to be done?” Gates Moves Towards Camden and Makes a Fateful Decision

Picking up the story of Camden from Thursday morning, we continue with Col. Otho Holland Williams comments on the events on the evening of August 15th. As Gates’ army moved southward at night, a dangerous undertaking even with a professional … Continue reading

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“troops will observe the profoundest silence upon the march…” Gen. Gates’ Orders on August 15, 1780

Two hundred and thirty nine years ago today from his camp at Rugeley’s Mill, SC, American General Horatio Gates issued the following orders to his Southern Army to move on to the British post of Camden, SC. “The sick, the … Continue reading

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Announcement: Tours of Camden Battlefield and Hobkirk’s Hill

From our friends at the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution comes this announcement of a Corps of Discovery tour that will cover the battles mentioned above. Led by historians David P. Reuwer and Charles B. Baxley, this comprehensive tour will be … Continue reading

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From the Preservation Front: “Liberty Trailblazers – American Battlefield Trust”

From our friends at American Battlefield Trust (ABT) comes the following announcement and call for assistance.  The first line of the announcement sums up the importance of this new initiative of the American Battlefield Trust: “They secured our liberty. It’s … Continue reading

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Visiting the Scene of Action: Battle of Camden

A reflection on the previous month’s exploration in South Carolina. August 16, 1780 would prove to be a devastating day for the American Army in the south, known as the “Grand Army” by its commander, Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates, the … Continue reading

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“In the deepest distress and anxiety of mind…” Gen. Gates letter to Congress on the Battle of Camden

238 years ago today the United States military suffered one of its worst defeats. The Battle of Camden, fought on August 16, 1780 just a few miles north of Camden, SC was a total defeat for the American “Grand Army” … Continue reading

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