The Battle of Cowpens
"In South Carolina, where the grass is springing through every month of winter, cattle in those days grazed all year round; never housed, nor fed by hand of man, but driven from time to time into "cowpens", where the owners gave salt to the heard and each one marked those which were his own." Two miles from such an enclosure, upon a wide plain, on 17 January 1781, Patriot Brigadier General Daniel Morgan met head on with British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the Battle of Cowpens.
After the disaster at Charleston and the succeeding defeats, the British spread out across South C…
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