- Historic Sites
Cowpens National Battlefield
Cowpens National Battlefield is a Revolutionary War battle site that commemorates the victory of Brigadier General Daniel Morgan over his dreaded foe, Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton, in the cause for American Independence. It was an important link in a chain of events that ultimately led to the defeat and surrender of the British commander Lord Earl Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia, in October 1781. The classic military tactic used at Cowpens was called the double envelopment and was one of only a few uses of this method in history. The Visitor Center Museum contains a 3-pounder cannon, other weapons of the Revolutionary War period, and exhibits. The partially paved 1.2 mile trail includes wayside exhibits, the 1856 Washington Light Infantry Monument and the historic Green River Road that was the centerline of the battle.