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237th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Cowpens

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237th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Cowpens

January 12 - January 13

237th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens

Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, the park will host free activities including a wreath-laying, 18th century weapons firing and cavalry demonstrations, ranger-led battlefield walks, and author and historian talks.

The park will host numerous free activities including a wreath-laying at 10:00 on Saturday, 18th century weapons firing demonstrations, cavalry demonstrations, ranger-led battlefield walks, and author and historian talks both days. Highlights in 2018 include performances by the Sons of Liberty playing 18th century music both days; 18th century court martial scenarios on Saturday, Ken Johnston portraying patriot General Daniel Morgan on Saturday; and Dr. Lawrence Babits, author of Devil of a Whipping, presenting a talk on the “Continental Logistics of the Southern Campaign” on Sunday. The full schedule is available on our website: https://www.nps.gov/cowp/specialevents.htm.

On January 13, the park will continue the annual Saturday evening lantern tours. This year, however, instead of presenting what “might” have happened the night before the battle of Cowpens, reenactors will interpret scenes that are based on primary sources or supporting documents. Although this program is free, reservations are required. Please make reservations for a lantern tour by calling 864-461-2828 x 3. The first available tour begins at 6:00 pm at the Visitor Center. Tours will depart every 15 minutes until 7:00 pm and are limited to 30 people each. We will fill spaces in the order that people make reservations, rather than take reservations for a particular time.

In addition, visitors can experience what it was like for Morgan’s “Flying Army” to arrive at the Cow Pens by registering for Morgan’s Victory March. The 25-mile walk/ride retraces the route that Daniel Morgan’s men took to the Cow Pens, a well-known landmark in 1781. Participants will march to the park visitor center, arriving on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm. For more information about Morgan’s Victory March, call the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society (CHAPS) at 864-489-3988. Marchers can find more information and register online at: https://www.cherokeecountyhistory.org/upcoming-events.html


Cowpens National Battlefield is a unit of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks Group within the National Park Service. The group mission is to protect, preserve, and interpret the significance of the decisive battles where America earned its freedom. For more information about activities at Cowpens National Battlefield, call (864) 461-2828 or visit the park’s webpage at www.nps.gov/cowp/. Follow us on Twitter @CowpensNB. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CowpensNationalBattlefield.


January 12
January 13
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Cowpens National Battlefield
4001 Chesnee Highway
Gaffney, SC 29341 United States
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