Tag Archives: Battle of Cowpens

A Detour to Cowpens

I know we’re getting close to the Cowpens battlefield when we pass Redcoat Drive and then Tory Trail. Unfortunately, my GPS takes us to the maintenance shed rather than the visitor center, but the park’s signage finally manages to get … Continue reading

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Defense in Depth as a Revolutionary War Battlefield Tactic

Part 4 (click here for first three parts) As we have seen, two untrained, amateur, but very effective soldiers perfected the concept of the defense in depth during the campaigns of 1781. Morgan was the first to experiment with the … Continue reading

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Part 2: The Defense in Depth as a Revolutionary War Battlefield Tactic

For part one, click here.  Brig. Gen. Daniel Morgan, the “Old Wagoner,” as he was known, commanded a light infantry corps assigned to Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene’s southern army. Morgan met with Greene in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 3, … Continue reading

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The Defense in Depth as a Revolutionary Battlefield Tactic

Part One of Four  As a general statement, most people don’t think of the Revolutionary War as a testing ground for battlefield tactics. That assumption would not be correct. In fact, the Revolutionary War proved beyond doubt that traditional European … Continue reading

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Looking Back to Cowpens: William J. Hardee and the Battle of Averasboro

After abandoning Fayetteville, North Carolina to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s army group, Lieutenant General William J. Hardee withdrew his corps north of the city. Hardee had ordered the Clarendon Bridge over the Cape Fear River destroyed, removing the possibility of … Continue reading

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