Memorial Marker at Camden
For over two hundred years forty-eight soldiers from Delaware have
lain in unmarked graves near Camden South Carolina. The battle
in which they lost their lives is described
see "The Sacrifice of Delaware's Continental Regiment".
A group of SAR members researched the records to determine the list of names for the marker.
At the request of the Delaware Society, Sons of the American
Revolution, David Sokola, Delaware state senator from the Newark area,
introduced a motion in the Delaware senate to provide
state funds for casting a marker commemorating the Delaware Continentals
who died with General de Kalb and about sixty Maryland
Continentals in the disastrous first battle of Camden,
South Carolina, during the Revolutionary War.
C. Russel McCabe, chair of Delaware's Historical Marker
Commission (and a member of the SAR) installed the marker
for the unveiling ceremony on 1998 Nov 7.
Walter Barron and Merrill Reich,
both of the Gen. Thomas Sumpter Chapter SCSSAR,
were most gracious in making arrangements for the ceremony.
Eight members of the Delaware Society SAR were present, and most
participated in the ceremony. The Delaware
State Society, DAR was also represented.
The parade of honor was made up of
- the color guard from the 108th Signal Battalion (SC Army National Guard)
- the color guard from the 198th Signal Battalion (DE Army National Guard)
carrying the battle streamer for the first battle of Camden (among many others)
- a volunteer color guard of Revolutionary War re-enactors
- a seven-man musket squad of the Delaware Continental Regiment (Kirkwood Company) re-enactors
- a member of the Kirkwood Chapter DESSAR Color Guard with the SAR flag
audience renewed their dedication to liberty and independence.
The musket squad fired a thirteen-shot salute.
Maps and Photos of the Area
Map of the region (NC, SC, GA); airport closest to Camden SC is at the plus symbol (+).
Map of the local area showing the battle area north of Camden.
The town of Dekalb (just off the top of the map) was named in honor
of the patriot Major General Johann de Kalb, who died of wounds
several days after the battle. The town's name is written Dekalb,
but the General's name is written de Kalb.
Since the battle site in Dekalb is subject to vandalism, the Revolutionary War
memorials related to that battle have been placed in a protected historic district
in the city of Camden SC.
Map of Camden showing the historic district.
Several Web sites describe the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.
Map of the Camden Historic District, showing the Rev. War cemetery at lower left in the outlined box to the right of the T intersection.
The whole cemetery, showing the Revolutionary War marker
in front at left and the Maryland memorial marker in back at right.
The Delaware memorial marker was placed in back at left.
The Revolutionary War marker.
Walkway through stone markers for Rev. War patriots from South Carolina.
The Maryland memorial plaque.