Buchanan, John. Walk the battlefield and have students look at interpretive signs to identify statements made by or about each commander. Cowpens was a very short but bitter battle, lasting around an hour and was a devastating British defeat, on a similar level to the Monongahela in 1755. It was a complete victory for the Patriot force. 28 double envelopment - Envelopment is an attack on the enemies flank, rear, and sometimes the front. However, he didn't know Morgan had a brilliant plan. 71st Highlanders fought at Charleston, Camden, and Cowpens, among other battles. Proud of his bearing, he asked to be sent to America. Instead the battle set in motion a series of events leading to the end of the war. Although Morgan claimed in his official report to have had only a few over 800 men at Cowpens, historian Lawrence Babits, in his detailed study of the Battle, estimates the real numbers as: 1. In the process, he gave Tarleton and the British a "devil of a whipping". They came south for a number of reasons, primarily to assist Southern Loyalists5 and help them regain control of colonial governments, and then push north, to crush the rebellion6. Morgan moved among the campfires and offered encouragement; his speeches to militia and Continentals alike were command performances. He had questioned those familiar with Tarleton’s tactics and expected a frontal assault. 2. From then on, Patriot forces talked of revenge against Tarleton. First, out front and hiding behind trees were selected sharpshooters. Some of the militia indeed got off two volleys as the British neared, but, as they retreated and reached supposed safety behind the Continental line, Tarleton sent his feared Dragoons after them. The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas. The Battle of Cowpens was part of the campaign in the Carolinas (North and South). Cornwallis, distressed by the news from Cowpens, and wondering aloud how such an inferior force could defeat Tarleton's crack troops, indeed came after him. Gilbert Town was a small settlement in 1781 a few miles north of Rutherfordton's present site. Babits, Lawrence E. A Devil of A whipping: The Battle of Cowpens. Have students organize their knowledge by completing a Venn Diagram. Cowpens, in its part in the Revolution, was a surprising victory and a turning point that changed the psychology of the entire war. At Cowpens, Tarleton initially kept his Highlanders in reserve, but, as the advance faltered, he ordered them into action against the American right. At the onset of battle they picked off numbers of Tarleton's Dragoons, traditionally listed as fifteen24, shooting especially at officers, and warding off an attempt to gain initial supremacy. At battle's end, the British were technically the winners as Greene's forces retreated. Many knew the geography some were Overmountain men who had camped at the Cowpens on their journey to the Battle of Kings Mountain.19 Camp was made in a swale between two small hills, and through the night Andrew Pickens' militia drifted into camp. 21 Saratoga - In fierce battles on September 19 and October 7, 1777, American forces under General Horatio Gates defeated the British under General John Burgoyne. 20 "Old Waggoner" - Affectionate name given to General Morgan who began his military career as a wagon driver in the French and Indian War. Reports of the results made Banastre Tarleton a national hero in Britain. Known as the “Old Wagoner” Daniel Morgan grew up on the Virginia frontier and lived his life as a frontiersman. A battalion of Continental infantry under Lt-Col John Eager Howard, with one company from Delaware, one from Virginia and three from Maryland; each with a strengt… Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina. Tarleton's force included: 1. He wasted his inheritance, however; with what money he had left, he purchased a commission in the British army. Many older British officers at the time thought him immature, wondering how Cornwallis could let “that boy” lose at Cowpens. Tarleton, however, generally commanded less respect from his soldiers than Morgan did. As a young man, he was a wagon-driver in the French and Indian War. The Bri… Review the Background Information and Procedure sections. Knowing Cornwallis would come after him, Morgan saw to it that the dead were buried - the legend says in wolf pits -- and headed north with his army. A battery of the Royal Artillery (24) with two 3-pounder cannons 4. Greene won the race, and, in doing so, believed he had Cornwallis where he wanted -- far from urban supply centers and short of food. If it could be called a victory, it was a costly one: Five hundred British lay dead or wounded. Soon Morgan and Greene reunited and conferred, Morgan wanting to seek protection in the mountains and Greene wanting to march north to Virginia for supplies. Updated October 13, 2019. The Highlanders bore the brunt of the last dramatic events of the Battle. His aggressive style was made even now more urgent, since there were rumors of Overmountain men on the way, reminiscent of events at Kings Mountain. Banastre Tarleton, on the other hand, was raised in relative affluence in Liverpool, England, where his father was mayor. British infantry began surrendering en masse. 338 New Pleasant Road It became known as the turning point of the war in the South, part of a chain of events leading to Patriot victory at Yorktown2 The Cowpens victory was won over a crack British regular army3 and brought together strong armies and leaders who made their mark on history. Conflict came, often pitting neighbor against neighbor and re-igniting old feuds and animosities. DANIEL MORGAN AND THE BATTLE OF COWPENS Turning the Tide in the American Revolution…and Lessons for Modern OrganizationsIn 1781 American General Daniel Morgan defeated a superior British forceat the Battle of Cowpens … 22 "Benny" - Daniel Morgan's derisive name for Banastre Tarleton. 35 Catawba River - River originating in the mountains of North Carolina, flowing eastward, before turning south into South Carolina, where is known as the Wateree, and, further east, the Santee. When Morgan, his army, and his prisoners crossed on January 17, the water was high from heavy rains and flooding. Tarleton at the time was 26 years old. 31 Gilbert Town - Presently, Rutherfordton, North Carolina. He thought Morgan must be desperate, indeed, to have stopped at such a place. Tarleton survived the war, surrendering at Yorktown with Cornwallis. The Cowpens battlefield is well worth a visit, and anyone who goes there should get this book in advance to take with them. He moved so fast, he established little communication with those officers under him. Discuss each leader’s method of fighting. - Learn Our History Today - On January 17, 1781, during the Americ... an Revolution, the Battle of Cowpens, a major turning point of the conflict, especially in the South, was fought in northwest South Carolina. 6 rebellion - The British term for the American Revolution. Courageous and mature, he fought against the British at Quebec and at Saratoga, New York. The 71st (Fraser's Hi… His surname was possibly Ball, Collins, or Collin, but an exact name hasn't been verified. 27 71st Highlanders - Two battalions of highland Scottish troops raised by England and sent to America in 1775. Leader of an entire army at the Battle of Cowpens Rode a horse during the battle The firing took a heavy toll on the British, who, by that time had sensed victory and had broken ranks in a wild charge. Greene's task was not an easy one. Today, referred to as the Upcountry or Upstate. Bass, Robert D. The Green Dragoon: The Lives of Banastre Tarleton and Mary Robinson, Columbia, South Carolina: Sandlapper Press, Inc., 1973. Cousin of Daniel Boone 24 15 - Dr. Lawrence E. Babits in his book, A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens,believes this figure is wrong and has been perpetuated by writers over the years. 15 "cowpens" - A term, endemic to South Carolina, referring to open-range stock grazing operations of the colonial period. The student will explain the leadership styles of Daniel Morgan and Banastre Tarleton in the context of Revolutionary War battles, and, in particular, the Battle of Cowpens.The student will analyze each leader’s background and their position in the military as contributing to their leadership styles. Used synonymously with cavalrymen, both of whom could fight on horseback or dismounted. 23 dragoon - A mounted infantryman, who often rode his horse into battle and dismounted to fight. Finally, Tarleton, himself, saw the futility of continued battle, and with a handful of his men, fled from whence he came, down the Green River Road. POST-SITE ACTIVITIES Battle of Cowpens . He was paroled to England, where he later was promoted to general and became a member of Parliament. 1. 34 baggage - Military supplies such as tents, tools, and rations carried in wagons. Chapel Hill: the University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Have students pretend to be newspaper reporters. Morgan, too, since he had learned of Tarleton's pursuit, had spread the word for militia18 units to rendezvous at the Cowpens. The Battle of Cowpens was fought Jan. 17, 1781 during the American Revolution and saw American forces win one of their most tactically decisive victories of the conflict. But, as one observed, Morgan hardly slept a wink that night. 36 Battle of Guilford Courthouse - On March 15, 1781, a British army under Cornwallis attacked Nathanael Greene's patriot forces at Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina (part of present-day Greensboro). The Battle of Cowpens (January 17, 1781) was a decisive victory by Continental Army forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan in South Carolina over the British Army led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton, during the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War.It was a turning point in the rebel reconquest of South Carolina from British control. 5 Southern Loyalists - Those of the southern colonial population remaining loyal to the Crown. Although Greene's forces were forced to retire from the field; the British were badly battered with many men killed or wounded. Tarleton attacked immediately; however, the American defence-in-depth absorbed the impact of the British attack. The Battle of Cowpens (January 17, 1781) was a decisive victory by American Revolutionary forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. These events set the stage for the Battle of Cowpens. Tarleton was a young and brash officer known for his aggressive tactics and brutal treatment of enemy soldiers. Have students observe the battle landscape, and discuss the tactics of each commander. He talked of his own conflict with the British and of Tarleton’s brutality at the Battle of the Waxhaws. British losses were staggering: 110 dead, over 200 wounded and 500 captured. He was subsequently elected governor of Maryland (1788-91), and at one time owned much of the land that was to become Baltimore. Perhaps Morgan saw it differently: in some past battles, Patriot militia had fled in face of fearsome bayonet charges - but now the Broad at Morgan's back could prevent such a retreat. 8A Camden - Fought on August 16, 1780, near Camden, South Carolina, the Battle of Camden was a disastrous defeat for the Patriots. The Waxhaw settlement, just off the Great Wagon Road, today covers parts of both Carolinas in an area southeast of Charlotte. Such victories gave the British confidence they would soon control the entire South, that Loyalists would flock to their cause. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1997. The British forces in this battle were led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton. This victory encouraged France to enter the war to assist the Americans. 4 Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge - On February 27, 1776, patriot militia defeated a larger force of Loyalists. Shadowed by the threat of the Over Mountain Men, Ferguson chose to dig in and fortify a small si… Riding to the front, he rallied the militia, crying out, "form, form, my brave fellows! The field itself was some 500 yards long and just as wide, a park-like setting dotted with trees, but devoid of undergrowth, having been kept clear by cattle grazing in the spring on native grasses and peavine16. As the militia dodged behind trees and parried saber slashes with their rifles, William Washington's26 Patriot cavalry thundered onto the field of battle, seemingly, out of nowhere. Deploying his forces in a pasture area known as the Cowpens, Morgan formed his men in three lines. Double envelopment would entail attack or a surrounding on both flanks, hence all sides. 18 militia - Part-time soldiers, subject to colonial (state) authority, they sometimes fought with the Continental or standing army in battles such as Camden, Cowpens, and Guilford Courthouse. His uniform was green General Daniel Mogran Pioneer, soldier, congressman, and American hero, Daniel Morgan Brigadier General Daniel Morgan commanded all American troops at the Battle of Cowpens. The Colonial forces conducted a double envelopment of Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's force, and suffered casualties of only 12 killed and 61 wounded. Paroled to England after the Battle of Yorktown ON-SITE ACTIVITIES In reality, though, Morgan had no choice - to cross the flood-swollen Broad risked having his army cut down by the feared and fast-traveling Tarleton. Also referred to as Tories. He was born to Welsh parents in Hunterdon County, New Jersey on July 6, 1736. Morgan’s tactics are studied today at the United States Military Academy at West Point. On October 14, 1780, Continental Army commander General George Washington chose Nathanael Greene, a Rhode Island Quaker officer, to be commander of the Southern Department of the rebel Continental forces. How did Tarleton explain his defeat at Cowpens? In one of the most dramatic moments of the battle, William Washington, racing ahead of his cavalry, dueled hand-to-hand with Tarleton and two of his officers. It was his goal to have the first two lines slow the British before withdrawing and forcing Tarleton's weakened men to attack uphill against the Continentals. He knew how to motivate them even proposing a competition of bravery between Georgia and Carolina units. On the morning of January 17, 1781, he marched them from two in the morning to catch up with Morgan. 14 Broad River - A river beginning in the mountains of North Carolina flowing southeast and joining with the Saluda River at present-day Columbia to form the Congaree River. 1 Battle of Cowpens - At the Cowpens, a frontier pastureland, on January 17, 1781, Daniel Morgan led his army of tough Continentals and backwoods militia to a brilliant victory over Banastre Tarleton's battle-hardened force of British regulars. Arrived at the Cowpens first During this period of the war, Pickens joined Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter as the most well-known partisan leaders in the Carolinas. In 1779-80, British redcoats indeed came South en masse, capturing first, Savannah7 and then Charleston8 and Camden 8A in South Carolina, in the process, defeating and capturing much of the Southern Continental Army9. At the Battle of Cowpens, he showed skill in tactics when he arrayed his soldiers in three lines, giving the militia an honorable way to retreat against a British bayonet charge. From the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge4 on, the British had made early and mostly futile efforts in the South, including a failed naval expedition to take Charleston in 1776. 8 Charleston - On May 12, 1780, British forces under Clinton forced the surrender of the Charleston militia and Continentals under the command of General Benjamin Lincoln. Tarleton, fretting about heavy rains and flooded rivers, gained ground as his army proceeded toward the flood-swollen Pacolet. It was the name of Native Americans of the region, derived, some historians, believe, from native language. To face Tarleton, he organized his troops into three lines. Daniel Morgan and his army camped along Thicketty before their hurried departure for the Cowpens. Cowpens - January 17, 1781 (August 2019) The American Battlefield Trust's map of the Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 1781 Hoping to eliminate the threat posed by General Daniel Morgan’s American troops, 26 year-old Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton led a combined force of cavalry and infantry into the South Carolina backcountry. At daybreak, Tarleton rushed his troops into battle without rest and without waiting for possible reinforcements. 37 "Tarleton's Quarter" - Since it was said that Tarleton gave no quarter (opportunity to surrender) at the Waxhaws, "Tarleton's Quarter" came to mean no quarter at all. 3 British regular army - Regular, trained and uniformed soldiers of the British Army, as distinguished from Loyalist (Tory) militia. Morgan, his scouts bearing news of Tarleton's approach, moved among his men, shouting, "Boys, get up! Have others write on Tarleton. Where did the Battle of Cowpens take place? Conflict in the backcountry, to their rear, turned out to be their Achilles' heel. Cowpens National Battlefield The British were lead by Banastre Tarleton. The leader of a staff ride could use it in Fleming, Thomas J. Downright Fighting: The Story of Cowpens - The Official National Park Handbook. Saratoga is in upstate New York. Conquering these population centers, however, gave the British a false sense of victory they didn't count on so much opposition in the backcountry10. Morrill, Dan L. Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, Baltimore, Maryland; The Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company of America, N.D. Tarleton, Banastre, A History of hte Campaigns of 1780 and 1781 in the Southern Provinces of North America. The number of American soldiers involved in the battle is in dispute. The British force was led by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton. Read selections to your class on Daniel Morgan and Banastre Tarleton from sources such as The Green Dragoon (Bass), Daniel Morgan – Revolutionary Rifleman (Higgenbotham), and A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781 in the Southern Provinces of North America (Tarleton). General Cornwallis, British commander in the South, countered Greene's move by sending Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton to block Morgan's actions. The British advanced in a trot, with beating drums, the shrill sounds of fifes, and shouts of halloo. 10 backcountry - South Carolina area west of the coastal area, especially west of Camden. The Battle of Cowpens1, January 17, 1781, took place in the latter part of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and of the Revolution itself. Others believe it is an English corruption of the original and described not only the Native Americans of the region but also the waxy-looking haw and "hawfields", (shrubs, either Black Haw (vibernum prunifolium) or hawthorns (crataegus linnaeus) prominent in the region. Tarleton and some of his army fought valiantly on; others refused his orders and fled the field. It was as if Morgan knew he would make a frontal assault - it was his style of fighting. After some consultation and various efforts to collect scattered comrades, the party said to Col. Sumpter, “If we choose you our leader, will you direct our operations?” He replied, “Our interests are the same. Gaffney, SC As Tarleton grew closer, Morgan retreated north to Burr's Mill on Thicketty Creek.13 On January 16, with Tarleton reported to have crossed the Pacolet and much closer than expected, Morgan and his army made a hasty retreat, so quickly as to leave their breakfast behind. The prisoners were taken via Salisbury32 on to Winchester, Virginia. On January 12, 1781, Tarleton's scouts located Morgan's army at Grindal Shoals on the Pacolet River12 in South Carolina's backcountry and thus began an aggressive pursuit. Now Tarleton's 71st Highlanders27, held in reserve, entered the charge toward the Continental line, the wild wail of bagpipes adding to the noise and confusion. What were the leadership styles of Daniel Morgan and Banastre Tarleton at the Battle of Cowpens, and how did it impact the Revolutionary War? The 7th Royal FusiliersRegiment (177) 5. The victory was a major setback for American forces in the South. The British fought against American militia and Continental soldiers. Burning the baggage (and wagons) allowed an army to travel faster. Daniel Morgan, the Patriot General at the Battle of Cowpens, and Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton, the British leader, came from different backgrounds and chose to lead in their own way. As America's first civil war, the revolution pitted Loyalists against partisans and patriots in the fierce combat that established the legacies of figures such as Francis Marion, Nathanael Greene, Peter Horry, Henry and John Laurens, Daniel Morgan, and Andrew Jackson. Tarleton, also called "Bloody," thought they would win like they usually did. His refusal, tradition says, of offering no quarter, led to the derisive term "Tarleton's Quarter". Soon, he intersected with and traveled west on the Green River Road. Along with the British defeat at the Battle of Kings Mountain, Cowpens was a serious blow to Cornwallis who might have defeated much of the remaining resistance in South Carolina had Tarleton won at Cowpens. Before the Battle. Courageous and mature, he fought against the British at Quebec … Morgan's unorthodox but tactical masterpiece had indeed "spirited up the people", not just those of the backcountry Carolinas, but those in all the colonies. The countryside was devastated, and raids and reprisals were the order of the day. By the time he was through, one soldier observed that the army was "in good spirits and very willing to fight". Marched his army from two in the morning to arrive at Cowpens just before daybreak Tarleton, playing catch up, and having marched his army since two in the morning, ordered formation on the Green River Road for the attack. Sumpter Chosen Leader . The battle of Cowpens changed the course of the war and the victory provided an important morale boost. 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