In June, 2020, the reenactor leadership of Camden, South Carolina’s Signature Annual Revolutionary War reenactment event voted to move their event from its previous location to a larger venue in Kershaw County, fourteen miles north of the City of Camden.
The core leadership team created a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation to manage the annual Reenactment Event but also created an educational arm or their organization called Liberty Live ℠ . Revenue raised by the annual reenactment would in turn fund the year-round Liberty Live ℠ program.
Initially retaining the traditional event name, the board decided to rename the annual fundraising reenactment event to “Battle of Camden Reenactment℠ ,” as this is what our reenactors, the core of our event, have been calling this reenactment for years. With a board consisting of reenactors and 18th century demonstrators, this was an easy decision.
Because of this, we have changed our corporate name to fit both the Battle of Camden Reenactment℠ event and our year-round educational program, Liberty Live℠ .
While the names of the event, (now Battle of Camden Reenactment℠ ), and the new Southern Campaign 1780℠ non-profit corporate names have changed, the mission, vision, and values will stay the same.
Our mission remains to Provide living history experiences that educate, entertain, and inspire. We aim to be the region’s leading organization for advocacy, promotion, and production of American Colonial and Revolutionary era living history events.
We would like to offer a special thanks and our sincerest gratitude to
Mr. Cab & Mrs. Kathy Stitt for generously allowing us to host our annual Battle of Camden Reenactment & Liberty Live event on their beautiful property, The Meeting Place.
M. Tray Dunaway, MD, FACS, CSP. (2020)
Tray Dunaway, a retired board-certified general surgeon and professional speaker, the first surgeon ever to be awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation by the National Speakers Association. His downtown residence is the oldest home in Camden, (c. 1780’s), and was first owned by Col. John Chesnut when he hosted President George Washington’s reception in Camden in 1791 on Washington’s tour of Southern States. Dunaway was a board member of the Historic Camden Foundation for over 10 years and served as its Board Chair for 7 years. During his tenure as board chairman, he lead the initiative to restore an abandoned 18th C. building which was interpreted as McCaa’s Tavern on the downtown campus of Historic Camden. He initiated, with the financial support of the City of Camden, a strategic development plan for Historic Camden, secured the acquisition of the 476 acre 1780 Revolutionary War Battlefield for Historic Camden. As a volunteer he served as the founding Natural Resources Director of the Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve where he created the Battlefield Preserve as a self-sustaining entity. He performs an interpretation of an 18th C. physician, an interpreter of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, and is a Sergeant and trainer for the Revolutionary War Field Days Cannon Crew as well as a Camden Battlefield certified tour guide.
Tom Oblak (2020)
Thomas (Tom) Oblak is originally from Sherman Oaks California and was born in July 1957. He is retired from the United State Army and IBM. He served a total of 25 years, 16 years as an infantryman and Infantry Officer, and another nine years in the Army Acquisition Corps doing Research and Development. At IBM, he worked for 15 years as a Project/Program Manager for Contract Management Services and as a consultant with the largest IBM Accounts conducting improvement programs and business analysis. Retiring completely in 2015, he moved to Camden SC. With his interest in military history, he found his way to become a volunteer at Historic Camden. In 2017, he organized and got funding to restore the four period cannons at the site. He volunteers and is certified as a tour guide for the Historic Site and the Battleground. In his first year of volunteering, he was recognized as Historic Camdens volunteer of the year. Since 2017, he has been the lead event planner (non paid) for the annual Revolutionary War Days held on the site. He has also planned other events. In 2019, he organized and led volunteers to contribute over 1300 hours to restore the Historic Sites Redoubt (earthen fort) to a more historically accurate depiction. He also organized clean up days at the site and the cleaning of the buildings. Tom also got involved with the SC Battleground Preservation Trust’s loan of four period cannons. He became the “Gun Captain”, or responsible agent, to organize and lead the cannons for supporting events that entertain and educate on the Revolutionary War. He has travelled the state in support of historic and educational events. In the three years, his cannons and the 27 volunteers he’s recruited, have attended close to 90 events. The SC Battleground Preservation Trust and the 250th Anniversary commission will use Tom and his demonstration team to be the sites and sounds for marketing the Liberty Trail and the 250th. He also volunteers in the community with the Boy Scouts of American on the District Staff, and was their 2018 Volunteer of the year in Kershaw County, The American Legion, and had been the Logistic Coordinator for the large Irish Fest event held in Camden for the last two years.
Beth Webb (2020)
Beth Webb and her husband have been the owners of 96 District Fabrics for the last 10 years. She has expanded the fabrics to include alterations and a custom sewing shop in Bishopville, SC. 96 District Fabrics is not your average fabric store, as they travel the country selling historical reproduction fabrics to reenactors. Beth started her love of historical fashions in 1994 when she joined her first 19th century reenacting group. Over the years she researched, studied, attended workshops, 18th and 19th century reenactments and expanded her knowledge of historical fashions and fabrics. All this knowledge led to being able to operate and manage a successful historical fabric business. With the business travels over the last 10 years taking her to historic sites around the country, she has gotten involved in quite a few projects and promotions and become quite good friends with multiple directors and volunteers at those historic sites. Looking at artifacts and original items behind the scenes of sites ranging from Indiana War Memorial, Mount Vernon, Middleton Plantation, House in the Horseshoe, Locust Grove, and Colonial Williamsburg along with National and State Parks. Previous employment has been the director of the Lee County Chamber of Commerce, which included organizing fund-raising events, managing volunteers, coordinating board meetings and retaining board members. The last two years Beth and her husband created and coordinated the Treaty of Ghent. An early 19th century event that celebrated the end of the War of 1812. Coordinating merchants, the ball, multiple teas, and guest speakers all of which is made up of an all-volunteer staff was an enjoyable successful challenge. Beth has never lived in a house that was built before 1920. She and her husband currently live in the Spencer House that is on the National Register of Historic Homes as it had the first telephone line connected to it in Lee County. The original part of the home was built in 1820 and when Main Street was built, they added onto it in 1855 so it faced the street. Beth has belonged to multiple reenacting organizations over the years, starting in mid 19th century and traveling to Federal, Rev War, early 18th century and even 10th century Viking. Her longest membership has been with a local 18th century civilian demonstration organization (American Colonial Civilian Interpreters) that has long attended 18th century events up and down the east coast. Working with historic sites, national and state parks, and other volunteers to expand people’s knowledge of history is a never ending project that Beth will always willingly add her knowledge and expertise, when asked.
Elzabeth Tarbet (2022)