October 30, 2016

I'd read about Cowpens, an important battle during the Revolutionary War, ever since I was kid and always wanted to visit the site.  The battle was fought late in the war, in January 1781, between the American forces led by colonel Daniel Morgan and the British army, led by the notorious cavalry commander, Banastre Tarleton.  It was fought in a clearing of trees where, for many years, farmers had penned in their cattle. 

The Americans dug in here and confronted the approaching British army.  After firing a few rounds, the Americans, as they had planned, fell back.  This retreat prompted a British cavalry charge, figuring they had won the day.  But then the American second and third lines of defense held firm against the British and, as the momentum shifted, it was now the British who retreated, with the Americans chasing after them.  It was brilliant strategy and resulted in a stunning American victory.

To see my 360-degree panorama photo, click on the photo above.



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