General Nathaniel Greene sent a portion of his men under General Daniel Morgan to fight the British in western South Carolina. In response, Lt. General Charles Earl Cornwallis sent Lt. Colonel Barnastre Tarleton to chase after Morgan's army. Tarleton met Morgan's men on January 17, 1781 at the Battle of Cowpens.
General Morgan was a brilliant and practical strategist who understood his troops’ capabilities and the landscape of the battlefield. He'd learned much from the mistakes of Waxhaws and Camden.
His plan not only destroys this part of the British army, but it changes the entire plan of the Southern Campaign.
Morgan’s battle plan (WATCH VIDEO) was considered a masterpiece of military strategy and tactics. The plan is still studied today.