Prisoners of War

Prisoners of War (HMX4M)

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

N 34° 14.095', W 80° 36.105'

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Captured Americans were confined in Camden throughout the British occupation. When the American army approached the town in August 1780, British troops locked the town's patriot leaders in the jail (located on the southeast corner of Broad and King Streets) as a precaution against revolt. After the Battle of Camden, hundreds of captured American soldiers were brought to town and confined in wooden pens. Most were later sent to Charleston.

Constant fighting in the backcountry brought a steady stream of captives to Camden's jail. Many were exchanged for British soldiers who had been captured by the Americans. A few who had broken their oath of allegiance to Britain were hanged for treason. Teenaged Andrew Jackson, future President of the United States, was a prisoner in Camden in 1781.

"It was an inclosure like those for cows or pigs, and within, sitting or stretched on the bare earth, with no protection from the sun, were hundreds of unhappy prisoners." Mrs. Thomas McCalla, wife of an American prisoner, September 1780
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 8:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 536676 N 3788275
Decimal Degrees34.23491667, -80.60175000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 14.095', W 80° 36.105'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 14' 5.70" N, 80° 36' 6.30" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 122 State Rd S-28-703, Camden SC 29020, US
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