Marie McAden



Cowpens National Battlefield celebrates 232nd anniversary

Posted 1/13/2013 11:05:00 AM

A big victory calls for a big celebration. So on the 232nd anniversary of the Upstate’s Battle of Cowpens, the National Park Service is putting on a two-day event worthy of the decisive skirmish that helped turn the tide of war in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.

The weekend celebration, set for Jan. 19-20, will include a soldier encampment, ranger-guided battlefield walks, musket-, rifle- and cannon-firing demonstrations, a fife and drum concert, cavalry reenactments, musket drills and skillet-throwing, fire-making and bayonet-charging competitions.

Along with the demonstrations and tours, there will be lectures, book signings, storytelling, an 18th century church service and twilight walks on the battlefield.

In the living history encampment, visitors will have the opportunity to observe blacksmith and domestic re-enactors and ask questions about daily life during the Revolutionary War.

A wide range of activities also are planned for kids in the children’s tent. Participants will be making horn books, whirligigs, flags and sachets. They’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to write with a quill pen and roll cartridges.

All of the activities are free and open to the public.

Cowpens National Battlefield commemorates the place where Daniel Morgan and his outnumbered troops turned the flanks of Banastre Tarleton’s British army on Jan. 17, 1781 in a pasture northeast of Spartanburg.

No food or drinks are available in the park, so you’ll need to bring your own lunch and snacks. Be sure to dress warmly as most of the activities take place outside.

For more information and a complete schedule of event activities, click here or call Cowpens National Battlefield at (864) 461-2828.