Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Preservation: Camden, SC

The Congress of Revolutionary War Roundtables endorsed an effort by the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, based in SC, to petition the U.S. Congress to create a National Battlefield Park at Camden. This is the site of one of the largest battles of the war that is not preserved as a state or national park. It has high integrity, as the landscape is still undeveloped.The battlefield is currently owned by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, a land preservation group in South Carolina. 

Fought in August, 1780, Camden was a disaster for the American army under General Horatio Gates. The defeat enabled British troops to spread across South Carolina and consolidate their control over the state. 

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