Subject: Logistics at Camden

My friend Patrick O'Kelley wrote:

"Upon the march to Camden, the British troops were supported from the country through which they passed. A number of negroes, mounted on horses, were employed under proper conductors in driving cattle for the support of the army, and, though they were in general very small, the army was plentifully supplied. The cattle were delivered alive to the regiments, who found their own butchers."

"In a store belonging to Joseph and Ely Kershaw there were 21 rice tierces, 3 hogsheads and a half of indigo, some tea, sugar, coffee and linen, which were sent to the general hospital; a quantity of salt, 20 barrels of flour, 18 ditto Indian corn meal, one hogshead of rum, a quantity of bacon and hams, butter, brimstone, axes and wedges, sent to the Engineer department. Rhubarb in root, damaged, sent to the general hospital. A number of hats and some green cloth, distributed to the troops."

"In a barn near the river 90 hogsheads of tobacco - part of which was destroyed by the troops; the rest was ordered by Lord Cornwallis to be sent to Charlestown. Near 100 head of cattle were found in and near the town, together with some sheep."

"Lord Cornwallis ordered the commissaries to give no receipt to Colonel Kershaw for the property taken from him, as he was deemed a very violent man, and who was said to have persecuted the loyalists."

Patrick O'Kelley
2nd Regiment of the North Carolina Line
Author of "Nothing but Blood and Slaughter" The Revolutionary War in the Carolinas, Volume One, 1771-1779

Charles B. Baxley