General Gate's Disgrace

General Gate's Disgrace (HMWCI)

Location: Camden, SC 29020 Kershaw County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 21.471', W 80° 36.422'

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When the militia fled before the initial British charge, Gates tried to rally them. However, the throng of panicked militiamen swept him up in their northward flight.

Far removed from the battlefield, Gates assumed that his army had been defeated and he decided to go to Charlotte to regroup. Finding neither troops nor supplies there, Gates rode on to Hillsborough, NC to seek help from North Carolina's state legislature.

Although the Continental Congress initially backed Gates, his political enemies exploited his three-day journey from the battlefield as an act of cowardice. He was removed from command, and his reputation never recovered.

"Was there ever an instance of a General running away as Gates has done?" Alexander Hamilton
Marker Number6
Placed ByThe Palmetto Conservation Foundation
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 7:34am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 536136 N 3801904
Decimal Degrees34.35785000, -80.60703333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 21.471', W 80° 36.422'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 21' 28.26" N, 80° 36' 25.32" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1606 Flat Rock Rd, Camden SC 29020, US
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