Historic Markers Across South Carolina

The Battle of Cowpens

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Location: intersection of Chesnee Highway (State Highway 11) and Hayes Rd, Gaffney, SC
County: Cherokee
Coordinates: N 35° 7.879    W 081° 47.852
  35.13131666    -81.79753333


The Battle of Cowpens
Cowpens National Battlefield

In the winter of 1780, General Daniel Morgan moved a veteran force of American Continentals and militia into the area west of the Broad River in modern-day Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. To counter this threat, British Commander Lord Cornwallis sent Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton to track down and attack General Morgan. On the morning of January 17, 1781, General Morgan made a stand against Lieutenant Colonel Tarleton at Cowpens. The resulting battle was a complete victory for the Patriots and stands today as one of the most significant events in American History.

During the American Revolution, the Upcountry of South Carolina played a significant role in the final outcome of the war. This location is part of the Spartanburg Area Revolutionary War Trail of significant events related to the Revolution in this area.

More information online at: www.RevWarTour.com

The battle of Coppens by H. Charles McBarron.

1751 Oil on Canvas of Col. Tarleton by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton, whose forces were defeated in the Battle of Cowpens, was among the most reviled British field commanders during the American Revolution.

Erected by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.


Photos of this marker can be found on HMDB.org