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Morgan's Victory March

231st Anniversary Tour

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.  


On our 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.



Muster Grounds

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.



Muster points are, as follows:

8:00 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)

10:00 AM-Tarleton closes the gap with Morgan near SC 211 & SC 150

10:15 AM-Tour remnants of Fort Thicketty near Goucher School Rd.

11:00 AM-Tour Site of Burr’s Mill, night camp site of both armies before the battle

11:30 AM-Chowtime with a Patriot family, Paul & Reba Patterson, 192 Green Acres Rd.

1:00 PM-Back on the Green River Road to the Cowpens

1:15 PM-Overmountain Victory Trail Parking Lot, SC Highway 11

1:30 PM-March into Cowpens National Battlefield escorted by “drum & fife corps”

2:00 PM-Medal presentation to first time marchers

4:30 PM-Bus leaves battlefield and returns to Asbury United Methodist Church

6:00 PM-Participants are invited to return in personal cars for the Battlefield lantern tour


Interpretation Program

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 email 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.

Personal Arrangements

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


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