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The Battle of Camden, Contents

71ST CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION

HOUSE DOCUMENT No. 12

THE BATTLE OF CAMDEN
SOUTH CAROLINA
AUGUST 16, 1780

BY
LIEUT. COL. H. L. LANDERS, F. A.
HISTORICAL SECTION, ARMY WAR COLLEGE
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON: 1929

[A copy of this volume is in the U.S. Army Center of Military History library under the call number E 241.C17.L23]

HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 37
PRESENTED BY MR. STEVENSON

Resolved, That the historical statements concerning the Battle of Camden, South Carolina, of August 16,1780, prepared by Lieutenant Colonel H. L. Landers, of the Historical Section, Army War College, be printed, with illustrations, as a document.
Attest:

William Tyler Page,
Clerk

LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

WAR DEPARTMENT
Washington, April 29,1929.

DEAR MR. STEVENSON: In compliance with the request contained in your letter of April 20, 1929, I am pleased to inclose herewith the history of the Battle of Camden, S. C., August 16, 1780, prepared by Lieut. Col. H. L. Landers, of the Historical Section of the Army War College.
Sincerely yours,

JAMES W. GOOD,
Secretary of War.

Hon. W. F. STEVENSON,
House of Representatives.

 

CONTENTS
PART I
AN AMERICAN ARMY ORGANIZED TO RECOVER THE STATE
OF SOUTH CAROLINA FROM BRITISH SUBJUGATION.
Page
Review of military conditions in the United States in 1780
1
Maryland and Delaware troops sent South under General de Kalb to raise the siege of Charleston
4
General Gates given command of the Southern Army
8
Suffering of the Army from scarcity of food
12
The North Carolina Militia under General Caswell joins the Army August 7
16
The British Army encountered on Little Lynches Creek August 10
19
The Virginia Militia under General Stevens joins the Army August 14
19
General Gates’s “After General Orders”
23
The Army marches to take up an offensive position on Sanders Creek
28

 

PART II
BRITISH PLANS TO SUBJUGATE THE SOUTHERN PROVINCES
BATTLE OF CAMDEN, S. C., AUGUST 16, 1780.
The British raise provincial corps and militia
31
Cornwallis hastens from Charleston to join the Army at Camden
35
The Battle of Camden, August 16, 1780
41
Conduct of General Gates during the battle
50
Reestablishment of the Army in the vicinity of Hillsboro
55
A tribute to General de Kalb
56
Resolutions passed by Congress
57

 

PART III
STRENGTH AND LOSSES OF THE TWO ARMIES.
British strength and losses
61
American losses
62
BIBLIOGRAPHY
63

 

ILLUSTRATIONS
[Not Included]

 

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