Cowpens National Battlefield in upstate South Carolina offers another great site to visit during National Park Week 2010.
According to the park website:
The Battle of Cowpens, January 17, 1781, took place in the latter part of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and of the Revolution itself. It became known as the turning point of the war in the South, part of a chain of events leading to Patriot victory at Yorktown The Cowpens victory was one over a crack British regular army and brought together strong armies and leaders who made their mark on history.
The term “cowpens”, endemic to such South Carolina pastureland and associated early cattle industry, would be etched in history. The field itself was some 500 yards long and just as wide, a park-like setting dotted with trees, but devoid of undergrowth, having been kept clear by cattle grazing in the spring on native grasses and peavine.
Some special events at the park:
Each year on the weekend closest to January 17, the park celebrates the anniversary of the battle with firing demonstrations and a living history encampment. The next one will be January 15 – 16, 2011.
Fireworks cost twice as much on July 4. We will have fireworks and other activities usually on the weekend closest to July 4. The next one will be SATURDAY July 3, 2010.
The Overmountain Victory Trail marchers arrive at the park on October 6 each year as they retrace the steps taken by the men on their way to fight at Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780.
Upcoming Events at the park:
April 24 Junior Ranger Day, 10:30 – 3:00. Children who earn the Junior ranger badge and do one other activity will receive a certificate.
April 25 Family activities at the Scruggs House 1:30 – 4:00
May 23 Family activities at the Scruggs House 1:30 – 4:00
May 31 Remember the Revolution – 11:00 – 1:00. Dr. Bobby Moss will tell stories about the Revolutionary War in this area and how it affected the men who fought it and their families. Followed by book signing in the visitor center.
Guided battlefield Walks
From April 25 – October 3, park staff will give guided battlefield walks on Saturdays at 2:20 and Sundays at 12:20.
The museum contains Revolutionary War artifacts, a reproduction 3-pounder cannon, interpretive exhibits, and hands-on exhibits for children.
“Cowpens: A Battle Remembered” is a laser disk presentation shown hourly in the museum. The 18-minute show was filmed during the 225th anniversary of the battle and depicts the events of the battle. – Free
Fiber-optic Map Display illustrates the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and the battle tactics employed by Daniel Morgan at Cowpens. (13 minutes) – Free
Did You Know?
There were more Revolutionary War battles and skirmishes fought in South Carolina than in the other colonies.