6 miles north of Camden, South Carolina
August 15th, 1780
Continental Army Captain Thomas Pinckney of South Carolina, aide-de-camp General Horatio Gates
It was a long a dreary day outside Camden, South Carolina. The Continental regiment had settled six miles north of Camden, South Carolina to prepare for the British advance from the northwest. It had been a miracle, holding the British out of South Carolina this long. Just the fact that the Continental Army had kept South Carolina safe was a testament to the abilities of the men who had fought in this army to keep the people of South Carolina safe from the British onslaught happening in North Carolina. This army was at the crossroads, to stop the British here would be a major moral victory and would greatly rally the efforts of Continental troops across Young America to resist the British forces.
One of those men, Captain Thomas Pinckney of South Carolina, vowed to fight to the death to prevent his family from falling under British rule. As he was here on this battlefield, his young wife Elizabeth was home with his firstborn, his firstborn he had never met and might never meet if he sadly has to live up to this promise he made to himself. But he shed no tears today, for tomorrow was when the battle began. Then, and only then he would bring out the warrior within himself to defend the land he calls home and the family he loves.
Although he had been born into a life of privilege, Thomas Pinckney ultimately gave up that life of luxury to join the ranks of his fellow men in the defense of liberty against the tyranny of Great Britain. At age 25, when he was overseeing the family plantation with his older brother Charles, he made the decision to join the Continental Army to repel the British that were coming to take over the sacred lands of the colonies. Many questioned his motives, wondering why such a privileged man who the British wouldn't bother due to his family's respectable name would join the Continental Army and put himself at risk to be killed?
Two reasons why? For the love of freedom and the freedom of love.