Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site and the Kershaw County Historical Society, flush from the success of the Banastre Tarleton Symposium in 2002, will co-host the Camden Campaign Symposium on April 2-4, 2004 in Camden, South Carolina. Camden, an 18th century backcountry town, was a strategic Revolutionary War era crossroads and trading center. Camden is located on I-20 about 30 miles northeast of Columbia, the State's capitol. We will explore the British Army's moves into the South Carolina backcountry after the fall of Charleston in May of 1780 until the aftermath of Gen. Horatio Gates' Grand Army's defeat at the Battle of Camden by Lord Cornwallis on August 16, 1780.

The symposium's featured presentations will be held at the Kershaw County Health Resource Center, 124 Battleship Road, in Camden, with the Best Western Motel in Lugoff (four miles South on US #1) as our host motel. A discounted rate for conference attendees will be offered there and at other nearby motels and B&Bs.

The symposium schedule:
Friday, April 2d: will feature seven scholarly presentations with question, answer and fellowship sessions from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm, (lunch on your own) followed by a candlelight reception and "groaning board" at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House (reconstruction of the Joseph Kershaw mansion commandeered as headquarters by Lord Charles Cornwallis in 1780-81) at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.

Saturday, April 3d: Beginning at 8:45 am, we will have presentations with questions, answers and fellowship sessions, a Panel Discussion of our Scholars on Horatio Gates generalship in the Camden Campaign. After an included box lunch, attendees will take an in-depth interpretive tour of the Battle of Camden (which is also known as the Battle of Gum Swamp or Gates' Defeat) battlefield lead by knowledgeable archaeologist. This battlefield is located approximately four miles North of Camden. Saturday evening includes a dinner and the premier performance of a historical monologue on Gen. Horatio Gates, presented by British actor/playwright Howard Burnham. Burnham's performances are London theatre at its best! His repertoire of British historical figures includes fabulous portrayals of Lord Cornwallis, Gen. Johnny Burgoyne and Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton.

Conference fee: includes Friday and Saturday presentations, daily snacks/Saturday lunch, Battle of Camden site staff ride and dinner theatre. Early Registration $110 (by March 1, 2004) and Full Conference Fee $135; (a separate fee for dinner theatre only will be offered also). To guarantee seating, food and materials, please have your symposium registration in by March 27, 2004. After March 27th, we will try to accommodate walk-in registrations, but we can not guarantee space and amenities.

Sunday, April 4th: Post conference bus tour of Camden Campaign Revolutionary War Battle Sites relevant to the fight against the British invasion of the South Carolina backcountry: walking battlefield tours of the site of Col. Thomas Sumter's unsuccessful attack on the British outpost at Rocky Mount, Col. Sumter's defeat by Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton and his British Legion at Fishing Creek and two Patriot victories at Hanging Rock; includes a box lunch. We will also drive by the first backcountry patriot action after the fall of Charleston at Alexander's Old Field (Beckhamville), Maj. William Richardson Davie's successful ambush at Flat Rock, Col. William Washington's capture of fortified Rugeley's Mills and the site of Gen. Nathanael Greene and Lord Francis Rawdon's fight on Hobkirk Hill. Fee: $35 per person, includes lunch, bus transportation and guided tour.

Co-sponsors are Historic Camden (www.historic-camden.org)and the Kershaw County Historical Society (www.mindspring.com/~kchistory). For Camden area visitor information contact the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center (www.camden-sc.org/). For historical documents, articles, maps and preservation information, see the Battle of Camden research project website at www.battleofcamden.org. For more symposium information please contact Joanna Craig, Director of the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site at hiscamden@camden.net or (803) 432-9841.

Net proceeds of this Symposium support the operations of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, the publications of the Kershaw County Historical Society and the preservation efforts of the Battle of Camden battlefield.

Symposium Co-hosts
Kershaw County Historical Society
P.O. Box 501
Camden, South Carolina 29020
(803) 425-1123

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
P.O. Box 710
Camden, South Carolina 29020
(803) 432-9841

Symposium Coordinators and Organizers
Mr. Charles B. Baxley, Kershaw County Historical Society and Battle of Camden Documentary History Research Committee
Ms. Joanna Craig, Director, Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
Mr. John Maass, MA in History, UNC-Greensboro; PhD Candidate, Ohio State

Symposium Sponsors
Best Western Motel, Camden, SC
Craig & Vartorella, Inc.

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