After 232 years, we’re still celebrating the victory of patriots led by Gen. Daniel Morgan over British forces at the Battle of the Cow Pens in January 1781 that was an essential step in the defeat of the British and our establishment as a nation. There are several things going on for this year’s anniversary celebration and you won’t want to miss them!
On Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm, a wreath will be laid at the Daniel Morgan Statue on the square in downtown Spartanburg.
Friday evening at 7 pm, the American Revolution Roundtable of the Backcountry will present Jim Piecuch in the Montgomery Room at Wofford College. His topic is “Cavalry of the American Revolution: The evolution of the Continental Army’s cavalry arm and impact on the war.” The cost is just $5 and includes dessert. Reservations should be made with Juanita Pesaro (864-597-4207; email@example.com). Click here for more details.
Saturday and Sunday are busy with Morgan’s Victory March and the annual reenactment at Cowpens National Battlefield. This is the perfect way to put yourself in the position of Morgan’s “Flying Army” who were victorious at Cowpens. Start off on Saturday, Jan. 19, mustering with Gen. Morgan to begin the march to the Cowpens. You’ll arrive there on Sunday afternoon with an understanding of history that can’t be found any other way. Click here for the mustering locations, times, optional camping location, and contact information. Of course, if marching isn’t your cup of tea, there’s still plenty to do at the Battlefield. Follow this link – Events & Schedule - to see everything that’s happening on site for the weekend.
As if that weren’t enough, Dr. Melissa Walker’s latest publication The Battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens: The American Revolution in the Southern Backcountry is now available. She’ll be at Cowpens Battlefield at noon on Saturday, Jan 19. If you miss her there, plan to make it to Hub City Bookstore on Feb. 19 at 6 pm. Of course, you can order your copy any time from the publisher’s website or at the bookstore. Paperback: $27.95; Hardback: $130.00 Click here for more information.
Whew! I’m tired and the celebration hasn’t even begun. Have fun! Becky
Becky Slayton, Executive Director Spartanburg County Historical Association, 864-278-9664