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Definition: British victory at Camden, South Carolina, on August 16, 1780. British forces under General Charles Cornwallis routed American troops under General Horatio Gates. The American troops actually outnumbered the British troops, but discipline prevailed. Gates himself fled the field and never commanded another army. This victory was important because it solidified Britain's hold on South Carolina, a move made to try to split the American colonies in half, North and South. Britain kept a tight hold on South Carolina until the historic Battle of Cowpens the following January.

Related Resources:
The American Revolutionary War
This fun, illustrated article tells you all you need to know about this famous war, from an easy-to-understand point of view.

Camden Battle Map (large)

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Battle of Camden
Read for yourself how the American resistance gave way.

The Revolutionary War: Causes and Major Battles
This site has it all!

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