Outnumbered and with little hope of getting reinforcements, Lord Rawdon believed that it would be foolish to sit passively behind Camden's fortifications. Instead, after an American deserter reported that Greene had no artillery, Rawdon chose to attack despite the Americans' strong position on Hobkirk's Hill.
After arming every available man, including musicians, Rawdon could field almost 950 men. He led them out of Camden at ten o'clock on the morning of April 25. To deceive Greene, the British marched south, then turned and followed Pine Tree Creek on a northward path toward Greene's forces on Hobkirk's Hill.
"I conceived some immediate effort necessary." Lt. Col. Francis, Lord Rawdon
Screened by pine forest, the British reached the southeastern end of Hobkirk's Hill without being detected until their leading units encountered Greene's pickets.