January 14, 2012
March back in history
231 years along the same route where General Daniel Morgan
gathered his “Flying Army” and planned the great victory at
Cowpens. Back then the Americans had many worries and tension as
Tarleton’s British army pushed them to either fight or surrender
the backcountry of the Carolinas.
January 14, 2012 tour, we'll have fun reliving Morgan’s miracle of
gathering his force together during the two-day race with the enemy
while also planning how to use his variety of soldiers to win a
great victory at a place called the Cowpens. The marchers will see
some beautiful country from Grindal Shoals to Cowpens battlefield.
What a great way to get the feelings of how the weather, natural
conditions, and distance helped shape how the battle turned out!
January 14, 2012
In previous years we marched
two-days. This year due to lack of access to some property, we are
doing a one-day tour and hopefully plan to return to the two-day
march in 2013. On this one-day tour, we will follow along the same
route that Morgan used as he moved his army in January 1781.
Participants will ride most of the entire 25-mile route and hike
into some essential historic sites along the way. At the end we will
march into the battlefield escorted by a “drum and fife team” and
the National Battlefield will award a “Morgan’s Flying Army Medal”
medal to marchers that complete the march.
Marchers will park their cars
and register at the Asbury United Methodist Church on Asbury Road
(SC Highway 211), near the Wagstop Plantation where we mustered in
previous years. At 8:30 AM Our bus will leave for the first historic
site, Grindal Shoals.
are, as follows:
AM-Registration. Asbury UMC
8:30 AM- Grindal
Shoals, Morgan’s base camp for three weeks
9:45 AM–Tour the
historic Green River Road. (SC 211)
closes the gap with Morgan near SC 211 & SC 150
AM-Tour remnants of Fort Thicketty near Goucher School
AM-Tour Site of Burr’s Mill, night camp site of both
armies before the battle
AM-Chowtime with a Patriot family, Paul & Reba
Patterson, 192 Green Acres Rd.
PM-Back on the Green River Road to the Cowpens
Victory Trail Parking Lot, SC Highway 11
PM-March into Cowpens National Battlefield escorted by
“drum & fife corps”
PM-Medal presentation to first time marchers
leaves battlefield and returns to Asbury United
PM-Participants are invited to return in personal cars
for the Battlefield lantern tour
During the march, re-enactors
& historians will describe what was happening at that time 231 years
ago as the militia units were mustering and moving to help Morgan’
Continentals defend their homeland against the British invaders. We
will learn what great things happened in our backyards.
Marchers should pre-register
for the tour with the Town of Pacolet (telephone 864-474-9504 or
Marchers will be asked to sign a waiver of liability for the
sponsors and the landowners located along the route, and also
contributions are encouraged to support the tour expenses.
Additional gifts to Palmetto Conservation Foundation for preserving
battlefields in the area are encouraged.
Marchers should wear warm
clothes and walking shoes suitable for the weather forecasts and
bring their own snacks.
Town of Pacolet, Glendale
Outdoor Leadership School, Cherokee Historical and Preservation
Society, Cowpens National Battlefield, Barbara & Jim Brown, the Paul
Patterson Family Farm, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, and REVWAR
Roundtable of the Backcountry. For more information about the march,
contact the March Commander: George Fields, by telephone
864-909-4890 or email