Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Let 'em Get Within Killin' Distance

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Chesnee Highway (Route 11) in Cowpens National Battlefield, Gaffney, SC
County: Cherokee
Coordinates: N 35° 8.027    W 081° 48.783
  35.13378333    -81.81305


The American second line of defense stood in position here. About sunrise, the British appeared. The militia, though not trained to stand against massed British bayonets, fought well and shot with deadly effect.

"At first it was pop, pop, pop [the sound of the rifles,] and then the whole volley. It seemed like one sheet of flame from right to left."
Thomas Young
Militiaman, Fair Forest Regiment
17 years old

Cowpens National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.


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