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Revolutionary War Field Days

Reenactors recreate sights, sounds of the Revolution

Posted: November 6, 2017 5:05 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Ike Carpenter -- an actual carpenter from Edgefield who specializes in 18th century reproductions -- speaks to visitors at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site during the site’s American Revolutionary Field Days event on Saturday afternoon.

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Parts of the American Revolution came to life once again at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site on Saturday and Sunday as the site presented its annual two-day Revolutionary War Field Days event.

Thousands of visitors, including -- judging from some of the languages overheard -- some from thousands of miles away -- filled the war site Saturday afternoon as reenactors recreated the sights and most definitely loud sounds of the American Revolution. Saturday’s event recreated the Battle of Eutaw Springs, the last major engagement of the war in the Carolinas, which took place Sept. 8, 1781, on the banks of the Santee River.

Muskets flared and cannons roared across the upper grounds in front of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, which would also be the site Sunday of a recreation of an attack on a redoubt.

Revolutionary War Field Days also featured tours of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House; talks and demonstrations of blacksmithing and carpentry; walks through combatants’ camps; chances to purchase from Colonial merchants; and even a couple of courts martial of British soldiers.

Historic Camden will next host third-graders from across the Kershaw County School District for its annual History Days program on Nov. 16 and 17. Students will visit nine stations that “bring Colonial life and the American Revolution to life with hand-on activities and fun,” according to its website.

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