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Battle of Camden ceremony set for Aug. 10
Rusty Major
Camden resident Rusty Major plays “Taps” next to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site’s 3-pound grasshopper cannon during a recent ceremony. The next chance to hear him play comes Aug. 10 when Historic Camden commemorates the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Camden at the Camden Battlefield and Long Leaf Pine Preserve on Flat Rock Road approximately 8 miles north of Camden. (Provided by Historic Camden)

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site will host its commemoration of the 239th anniversary of the August 16, 1780, Battle of Camden on Aug. 10. There will be a free tour at 8 a.m. at the Battlefield discussing the history of the battle, followed by a brief free program at 9 a.m. There will also be an artillery salute courtesy of the Historic Camden Cannon Crew and a wreath-laying ceremony.

All activities will take place, rain or shine, at the Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve, 1606 Flat Rock Road, approximately 8 miles north of Camden. The ceremony and tour will take place near the DeKalb monument on the east (right) side of the road, and parking will be on the west (left) side.

“This annual commemoration is a time to remember and honor those who served and sacrificed during this momentous battle,” Historic Camden Executive Director Halie Brazier said. “Visitors will also learn about some major partnerships and plans for the Battlefield Preserve as Historic Camden seeks to make our 476 acres more accessible to the public for lovers of history, nature, and recreation.”

Guests should bring comfortable clothing, sunscreen, bug spray, seating, and water. Some chairs and bottles of water will be provided.

Historic Camden’s main campus on Broad Street will also have blacksmith demonstrations going on all day, included with the price of site admission. Contact (803) 432-9841 for questions about the activities that day.