After the Battle of Camden, the Patriot cause in the south seemed perilously close to collapse. Although partisans still ranged through the countryside, the British controlled the cities and were recruiting loyalists. The British looked forward to marching into North Carolina and Virginia. With two American armies wiped out in recent months, there was little to stand in their way. Within a year, the strategic situation was reversed. In one of the most remarkable campaigns of the Revolutionary War, Nathanael Greene liberated most of the south and penned the remaining British within a few strongholds.