Historic Markers Across South Carolina

From Cow Pasture to Battlefield

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Location: on Battleground Tour Road in Cowpens National Battlefield.
County: Cherokee
Coordinates: N 35° 7.827    W 081° 48.865
  35.13045    -81.81441666


The view seen beyond was a frontier pasturing ground, known locally as the Cow Pens. The name came from the custom of wintering cattle in the lush area around Thicketty Mountain.

General Daniel Morgan chose this ground for its tactical advantages: a river to discourage the ranks from breaking, rising ground on which to post his regulars, an open forest, and marsh on one side to thwart flanking mancuvers.

Erected by Cowpens National Battlefield, National Park Service.


More information:
Wikipedia - Battle of Cowpens
Wikipedia - Daniel Morgan
Wikipedia - Banastre Tarleton
Wikipedia - The Battle of Cowpens 1781