I spent a good seven hours in Isaac's hometown of Camden, SC today. I bought a book, "Historic Camden: Volume 1", which has a ton of good information about Isaac in it - alot of stuff that I didn't know. I just wanted to write some of it in here for quick, easy access.
---------- - Isaac was the mayor of Camden three times. (1792-1794), (1795-1798) and (1802-1805).
---------- - Camden, as was the case for much of the South, was full of Loyalists - "Tories", as the colonists called them - so for someone to step up, from day one and side with the Americans was rare. So rare was it that the book only lists a handful of people from the town who immediately sided with the Americans. It lists: Joseph and Eli Kershaw, John Chestnut, Thomas Charlton, Duncan McRae, Isaac DuBose, Zach and James Cantey, Willis and John Whitaker, and Samuel, John, and Francis Boykin. Interesting to note that most of these are buried together in Revolutionary War Memorial where the "heroes of Camden" are buried. Also interesting to note the small number of individuals for such a major town.
---------- - In 1775 the state of South Carolina decided to raise a regiment of foot (infantry). They list officers from Camden that were selected to lead this regiment, the 2nd South Carolina. They are: Eli Kershaw, Captain; Francis Boykin, First Lieutenant; Thomas Charlton, Second Lieutenant; Isaac DuBose, Second Lieutenant.
---------- - The 2nd South Carolina Regiment were victims of the Siege of Charleston by the British. The city capitulated on May 12, and all there were taken as POW's for two years. On May 10, 1780 the men of Camden wrote a letter to General Lincoln urging surrender. They were exhausted and starving, having been completely cut off for six weeks. The letter was signed by Zach Cantey, Willis Whitaker, James Cantey, Samuel Wyly, Samuel Mathis, John Whitaker, John Chesnut, and Isaac DuBose. It goes on to say that, once they were released in 1782, they once again took up arms to continue fighting for the cause. The author's write, "this was more than could be endured, and few there were that did not join some one of the little patriot bands and strike once more for freedom, if with a halter about their necks."
---------- - George Washington visited Camden in May of 1791. He was greeted at the banks of the river and was met by virtually every citizen of Camden. The procession continued to the town square, where an address of welcome was read to him. The names of the men who composed the address were read aloud. They were: Joseph Kershaw, John Chesnut, William Lang, Isaac DuBose, Adam F. Brisbane, James Kershaw, Joseph Brevard, Isaac Alexander, Samuel Boykin, and D. Starke. No doubt these men personally greeted and met Washington. Washington wrote a letter back to these men which can be found in his personal collection. After the banquet, this committee of men showed Washington to a home for him to occupy during his stay there, the Brasington house near the SE corner of Fair and York streets. That evening, a public dinner was thrown for Washington at the home of Col. John Chesnut, at the NW corner of King and Fair streets (this was only two blocks from Isaac's house). Washington retired from this party at about midnight.
---------- - Once the French monarchy was toppled in the French Revolution, a "Citizen-Minister" to the United States was appointed, Edmund Charles Genet (Americans were eager to see the French succeed in democracy, as they were grateful for their assistance in winning the Revolution). Genet landed in April 1793 at Charleston and was to travel to Philadelphia to meet President Washington. His route took him through Camden, which was a major crossroads in this time. When he arrived in Camden on April 25, 1793, he was greeted by Isaac DuBose, the then-mayor. Isaac DuBose gave the following address: "Citizen Minister: The citizens of the town and district of Camden wait on you to congratulate you on your arrival in this country, and to express the pleasure and satisfaction they feel in seeing among them the representative of the republic of France. "Your nation has a just claim to our gratitude, for the services rendered us in the hour of our distress, whilst we contended against tyranny and oppression."But, independent of this tie, we feel ourselves warmly and generously attached to her, for the noble example which she now gives to the world, of hatred to tyrants and abhorrence of oppression; and the ardent desire which she manifests of making man happy, by making him free. May success ensue her endeavors, and may present and future generations have cause to venerate and honour the name of Frenchmen forever."Science and knowledge have not yet enlightened sufficiently any other nation in Europe to emulate her glorious example; she stands alone in the noble contest, and bids defiance to the united despots of the world, who have combined against her; and we trust the invincible spirit of liberty will carry her through all her difficulties with honor and glory, to the confusion of her foes."We wish you much satisfaction, with the blessing of health, as you travel to Philadelphia; and may our fellow-citizens evince, by their attention and respect to you, their attachment and their esteem for your republic." A party was thrown that night, and Isaac DuBose spoke some sentiments at this event.
---------- -Isaac DuBose "had served, with distinction, in the war as Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Foot, organized in 1775. He was one of the officers stationed in Fort Moultrie at the time of the British attack on Sullivans Island."
---------- - "Isaac DuBose was highly honored by our people. He was sent to the Constitutional Convention (1790), was Intendant [mayor] of Camden, and was elected to the legislature in 1796, 1800, and 1806."
---------- - His daughter, Mary Louisa, married, in 1799, Dr. John Trent, a prominent physician in the community. After his death, she married Richard Lloyd Champion, Esq., another prominent member of the community. He died, and then she married Major John McClleland, a hero of the War of 1812. The authors (this was written in 1905) record that "He and his wife are still remembered by aged residents as a most charming old couple. Their house, one of the oldest in Camden, stands on the West side of Broad Street, just north of Lafayette Hall.
---------- - Another of Isaac's daughters, his second, Harriet, married the Hon. John Kershaw, the son of the namesake of Kershaw County.
---------- - "Isaac DuBose died in 1816. His Camden home stood at the corner of King and Market streets."
Just a man trying to save his thoughts and correspondence