Resolved, That a monument be erected to the memory of the late Major General the Baron de Kalb, in the city of Annapolis, in the State of Maryland, with the following inscription:
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE BARON DE KALB KNIGHT OF THE ROYAL ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT, BRIGADIER OF THE ARMY OF FRANCE AND MAJOR GENERAL IN THE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAVING SERVED WITH HONOR AND REPUTATION FOR THREE YEARS, HE GAVE A LAST & GLORIOUS PROOF OF HIS ATTACHMENT TO THE LIBERTIES OF MANKIND AND THE CAUSE OF AMERICA IN THE ACTION NEAR CAMDEN IN THE STATE OF SO. CAROLINA ON THE 16TH OF AUGUST 1780 WHERE LEADING ON THE TROOPS OF THE DELAWARE & MARYLAND LINES AGAINST SUPERIOR NUMBERS AND ANIMATING THEM BY HIS EXAMPLE TO DEEDS OF VALOUR HE WAS PIERCED WITH MANY WOUNDS AND ON THE 19 FOLLOWING EXPIRED IN THE 48 YEAR OF HIS AGE, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN GRATITUDE TO HIS ZEAL, SERVICES AND MERIT HAVE ERECTED THIS MONUMENT.Resolved, That the thanks of Congress be given to Generals Smallwood and Gist, and to the officers and soldiers of the Maryland and Delaware lines; the different corps of artillery; Colonel Porterfield’s and Major Armstrong’s corps of light infantry, and Colonel Armand’s cavalry; for their bravery and good conduct, displayed in the action of the 16th of August last, near Camden, in the State of South Carolina.
Resolved, That the thanks of Congress be given to such of the Militia officers and soldiers who distinguished themselves by their valour on that occasion.
For more than a century no action was taken to erect the monument in De Kalb’s memory. It was not until February 19, 1883, that Congress appropriated a sum of money for this purpose.