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Camden Archives receives donation

Posted: October 5, 2010 3:48 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2010 5:00 a.m.
Keri Todd Boyce/C-I

Standing with Thom Williamson of Macon, Ga., holding the Revolutionary War-era British "brown bess" are (from left) Camden Archives and Museum Director Howard Branham, Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford and Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham.

A British short land pattern military musket, often called a “brown bess” was donated to the Camden Archives and Museum last week by Thom Williamson of Macon Ga., on left.  The 10 pound weapon is estimated to have been made in the 1770s and used by a British soldier during the Revolutionary War. Howard Branham, Camden Archives director, said this type of musket was used by both sides during the Battles of Camden and Hobkirk’s Hill.

“We’re very anxious to display it,” Branham said.

Williamson said the gun had been sitting in his home for some time and he wanted to give the average person the opportunity to see an American Revolution assault weapon.

“I feel like it has found a good home here,” Williamson said.

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