Battle of Camden
On August 16, 1780, more than 2000 British and Loyalist troops under Lt. General Lord Cornwallis met and defeated over 4000 American troops commanded by the "Hero of Saratoga," General Horatio Gates. The Battle of Camden was the worst Patriot defeat of the American Revolution.
The aftermath of the battle saw the southern Continental Army in total disarray while the British Army and Loyalists controlled the colony. Camden became a fortified garrison for the British and the future for the patriot cause in the South was bleak.
Today, Palmetto Conservation owns the 476-acre core battlefield located off US Hwy 521 about 5 miles north of Camden on Flat Rock Road (S-28-58). The site offers 3 miles of walking trails with interpretive signage. An accompanying podcast shares battle stories and contemporaneous commentary.
A monument on the battle site marks the spot where Revolutionary War Hero, Johannes Baron de Kalb, was mortally wounded. De Kalb is buried beneath a monument on the grounds of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden.
1698 Flat Rock Road, Camden