The Junior Patriot: Battle of the Cowpens

We are super excited to introduce you to our new 2nd Friday column – The Junior Patriot series!!  Jude is a special young man.  We’ve been impressed by his love of history and our country – especially at such a young age.  We’re excited for him to share history stories and lessons with our readers and trust that you’ll look forward to his posts each month – just as we do!  So without further delay, here’s our first post from The Junior Patriot!

The Junior Patriot: Battle of the Cowpens

It was the night of January 16, 1781.  In the moonlight, General Daniel Morgan was going from campfire to campfire.  He was encouraging and instructing his men for the next day’s battle.

The next day the Battle of the Cowpens was fought.  Daniel Morgan’s troops fought those of “Bloody” Banastre Tarloten, infamous for bayoneting 113 Americans to death and wounding 200 others who were trying to surrender at the Waxhaws, South Carolina the previous year. But that day, Tarloten was in for a surprise.  The Americans were determined to avenge their fellow patriots’ deaths.

Daniel Morgan had arranged his troops brilliantly.  He had divided them into three different lines and a fourth regiment that would remain hidden until the final stage.  When Tarloten’s troops charged into the American line, it fired and then retreated to a second line.  Confident he could scatter them, he ordered his troops to charge again.  The second line fired, and then retreated again!  Tarloten and his troops charged again.  This time the Americans stood firm.  When the hidden American cavalry charged out and attacked his troops’ rear, Tarloten ran for his life!  Behind him he left 900 British dead, wounded, or captured.  But only 12 Patriots died!

It took determination to win that battle.  They were outnumbered and inexperienced, yet they defeated the British.  They stood firm when other armies would have given up the fight.  So let their determination inspire us to stand for the rights we have, knowing the consequences of losing them as we have others.



Photo credit: Public Domain

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