The History and Archaeology of Fort Motte

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 8:00am to Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Camden Archives & Museum is hosting the traveling exhibit “…make no Doubt we shall carry this post…” The History and Archaeology of Fort Motte from August 31, 2018 to January 2, 2019. 

This new traveling exhibit, developed by the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, examines the 1781 siege of Fort Motte, the excavation of the site and the artifacts uncovered.

Fort Motte, in present Calhoun County, South Carolina, was a Revolutionary War British outpost. The fort consisted of the Rebecca Motte plantation house, surrounded by a heavy, palisaded earthwork parapet and ditch. In May, 1781, an American force under Francis Marion and Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee lay siege to the fort, and the British garrison of 184 men surrendered after resisting for seven days.

With 13 dynamic panels and 12 incredibly reproduced objects, the exhibit features a variety of American and British artifacts, including weapon fragments, ammunition, pottery, buttons, coins, arrowheads and more. Guests will also learn how the fort’s capture was a significant episode leading to the beginning of the end of the British occupation of South Carolina during the American Revolution.

Image from the original painting by Mort Künstler - The Capture of Fort Motte, © 1976 Mort Künstler, Inc.  -


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