Friday, December 07, 2012

Revolutionary War in South Carolina

I can't believe it's been over a year since I saw the Revolutionary War re-enactment in Camden, S.C.  (more posts here). An amazing number of battles were fought in the Carolina backcountry.

Special thanks to Robert Candler, who was kind enough to share these photos from his trip to the South Carolina Military Museum in Columbia.

Robbie's previous guest post features photos of military rations through the years.

Notice that the Battle of Camden in 1780 is highlighted as one of the major battles of the war. Occupied Camden became General Cornwallis' headquarters.

Look under 1781 and you'll see where the war returned to Camden, or just a little to the north at Hobkirk's Hill, this time with slightly better results for the Patriots.

Pamela Patrick White's wonderful painting of The Battle of Hobkirk's Hill is on exhibit at the museum. 

These cannon were used to defend Charleston at a fort still under construction in 1776, which became Fort Moultrie. The palmetto logs absorbed enemy fire instead of cracking.

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