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Historic Camden unveils renovated redoubt
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Troop 411 Eagle Scout Cameron Duncan (center) checks out one of the newly renovated Southeast Redoubt cannons at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site as members of the site’s Cannon Crew oversee their firing during Historic Camden’s March 9 unveiling of the completed project. Cameron contributed to the work at the Redoubt as his Eagle Scout project. (Provided by Historic Camden)

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site celebrated a new permanent exhibit at its 222 Broad St. campus March 9 with about 60 people in attendance.

The museum unveiled the renovated Southeast Redoubt and a preserved 18th century 4-pound French cannon mounting, the culmination of a “Connected Communities” grant project funded by the Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF) and an Eagle Scout project by Cameron Duncan of Troop 411.

“Historic Camden has been working on the Southeast Redoubt revitalization project in phases since 2016,” Historic Camden Executive Director Halie Brazier said. “With the grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, we were able to invest in re-routing the road at the redoubt, cleaning and preserving the cannon, and purchasing building materials to make the redoubt more authentic.”  

At the unveiling, Brazier thanked major donors as well as volunteers who gave hundreds of hours during the renovation. Camden Military Academy presented the colors, Historic Camden Board Trustee Tray Dunaway recited a prayer, Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns spoke, and the new cannon exhibit was revealed by Cameron and Redoubt project leader Tom Oblak. The ceremony also included a ribbon cutting and cannon firing.

A redoubt is an enclosed defensive emplacement outside of a large, prominent point. During the occupation of Camden from 1780-81, the British built redoubts (and a jail or “gaol”) surrounding the walled town. Researchers know from primary sources that the British ordered 18-pound cannons at the redoubts. The current Southeast Redoubt was built after archaeological digs in the 1960s, and is on a different location to the original fortification. The Northeast Redoubt is on Bull Street and still exists, but the others on the western side of Broad Street have been built over.     

The Southeast Redoubt exhibit will be open to Historic Camden visitors during business hours and is included with general site admission tickets. Historic Camden, 222 Broad St. in Camden, is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Visit the Gift Shop for admission tickets or to take a guided tour at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day, weather permitting.