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Battle of Cowpens

the battle of cowpens
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greg genova

on 30 November 2010

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Battle of Cowpens by Gregory Genova WHY When And Where TROOPS Took place on January 17 1781. At the crossroads
of Cowpens a road for early cattle industry British solidiers were taking southern colonies like savannah,
Charleston and Camden So George Washington Sends General
Greene with his men to go to the south. Greene later divided his Army into two sending General Daniel Morgan south of the catawba river.
General Cornwallis wants to stop Morgans move into the back country so he sends Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton
to stop Morgan. Tarleton was gaining ground on Morgan so quickly that they took there stand. Morgan spread the word for
militia soliders to rally at cowpens. Greene Tarleton Map of cowpens The Battle Sources http://www.nps.gov/archive/cowp/batlcowp.htm Before the battle what happened Morgan http://www.britishbattles.com/battle-cowpens.htm Morgan gave a motivational speech. then early the next day scouts told Morgan that they were about to attack so he told his men wake up. The Benny's are coming Tarleton then pressed his attack straight forward. his line moving across the meadow, his artillery in the middle, and fifty Dragoons on each side. Morgan knew he would make a frontal assault it was his way of fighting. To face Tarleton he organized his troops into three seperate lines. First, out front and hiding behind trees were selected sharpshooters. as they moved to battle the sharpshooters picked off numbers of Tarleton’s dragoons. they shot at officers mostly. as Tarleton's army got closer the sharpshooters retreated 150 yards to the second line. Williams Washingtons cavarly then stormed onto the field as the British drew close. The British was surpised and retreated back.
Tarleton sent his 71st Highlanders to charge toward the Continental line, the wild sound, adding to the noise and confusion. then John Eager Howard order for the right flank to face slightly right to counter a charge from that direction,in the noise of battle, misunderstood as a order to retreat. Morgan stopped his horse on and ordered the retreating units to face about, and then, on order, fire in unison. The firing took many casualties on the British, who had alredy at that time had sensed victory and had broken ranks in a wild charge. Pankake John S. The Destructive War The British Campaign in the Carolinas http://www.theamericanrevolution.org/battles/bat_cowp.asp http://jrshelby.com/kimocowp/cp.htm Tarleton had 1050 troops more than twice of morgans army Morgan then evened those odds when militia soldiers from Georgia, Delaware
Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland came http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4801639982157963377&ei=c01BS56-OpHurgKqrMy0Dg&q=the+battle+of+cowpens&hl=en# Fallout The battle was over in an hour. It was a complete victory for the American force. British losses were : 110 dead, over 200 wounded and 500 captured. Morgan lost only 12 killed and 60 wounded with this many dead and captured Tarleton now retreats to his horse and rides to cornwallis's camp with all the men he had left Over 600 muskets were captured along with 2 cannons
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