American Minute with Bill Federer JAN. 17 - Battle of Cowpens
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American Minute with Bill Federer
JAN. 17 - Battle of Cowpens - 'The royal army was again stopped by a sudden rise of the waters...almost miraculously'
The Battle of Cowpens, January 17, 1781, was depicted in the movie The Patriot.
involved American General Daniel Morgan having a line of militia fire
into British General Cornwallis' and Colonel Banastre Tarleton's
dragoons, regulars, Highlanders and loyalists.
the Americans hastily retreated, British Colonel Tarleton, known as
"The Butcher," gave into the temptation to pursue, only to be surprised
by American Continentals waiting over the hill, firing at point-blank
In the confusion, the Americans killed 110 British and captured 830.
The Battle of Cowpens is widely considered the tactical masterpiece and turning point of the war.
General Daniel Morgan met up with American General Nathaniel Greene, and they made a hasty retreat north toward Virginia.
regrouped and chased the Americans as fast as he could, burning extra
equipment and supplies along the way in order to travel faster.
arrived at the Catawba River just two hours after the Americans had
crossed, but a storm made the river impassable, delaying the British
Cornwallis nearly overtook them as they were getting out of the Yadkin River, but rain flooded the river.
Now it was a race to the Dan River, but General Nathaniel Greene again made it across before the British arrived.
British Commander Henry Clinton wrote:
"Here the royal army was again stopped by a sudden rise of the waters, which
had only just fallen (almost miraculously) to let the enemy over, who
could not else have eluded Lord Cornwallis' grasp, so close was he upon
In March of 1781, General Washington wrote to William Gordon:
have...abundant reasons to thank Providence for its many favorable
interpositions in our behalf. It has at times been my only dependence,
for all other resources seemed to have failed us."
General Henry Clinton then ordered General Cornwallis to to move 8,000
troops to a defensive position where the York River entered Chesapeake
By this time, Ben Franklin and Marquis de Lafayette were
finally successful in their efforts to persuade French King Louis XVI to
send ships and troops to help the Americans.
Admiral de Grasse left off fighting the British in the West Indies and
sailed 24 ships to the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, where, in the Battle of
the Capes, he drove off 19 British ships which were trying to evacuate
Grasse's 3,000 French troops and General Rochambeau's 6,000 French
troops hurriedly joined General Lafayette's division as they marched to
help Washington trap Cornwallis against the sea.
They joined the troops of Generals Benjamin Lincoln, Baron von Steuben, Modecai Gist, Henry Knox and John Peter Muhlenberg.
Altogether, 17,000 French and American troops surrounded Cornwallis and, on October 19, 1781, he surrendered.
Yale President Ezra Stiles wrote, May 8, 1783:
but God could have ordained the critical arrival of the Gallic (French)
fleet, so as to...assist...in the siege...of Yorktown?...
we not...ascribe to a Supreme energy...the wise...generalship displayed
by General Greene...leaving the...roving Cornwallis to pursue his
helter-skelter ill fated march into Virginia...
It is God who had
raised up for us a...powerful ally...a chosen army and a naval force:
who sent us a Rochambeau...to fight side by side with a Washington...in
the...battle of Yorktown."
General Washington wrote:
diffuse the general Joy through every breast the General
orders...Divine Service to be performed tomorrow in the several
The Commander-in-Chief earnestly recommends troops
not on duty should universally attend with that gratitude of heart which
the recognition of such astonishing Interposition of Providence
The next year, October 11, 1782, the Congress of the Confederation passed:
being the indispensable duty of all nations...to offer up their
supplications to Almighty God...the United States in Congress
assembled...do hereby recommend it to the inhabitants of these states in
general, to observe...the last Thursday...of November next, as a Day of
Solemn Thanksgiving to God for all his mercies."
September 3, 1783, the Revolutionary War officially ended with the
Treaty of Paris, signed by Ben Franklin, John Adams, John Jay and David
"In the name of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity. It
having pleased the Divine Providence to dispose the hearts of the most
serene and most potent Prince George the Third, by the Grace of God,
King of Great Britain...and of the United States of America, to forget
all past misunderstandings and differences...
Done at Paris, this third day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three."
With the war over, Massachusetts Governor John Hancock proclaimed, November 8, 1783:
"The Citizens of these United States have every Reason for Praise and Gratitude to the God of their salvation...
do...appoint...the 11th day of December next (the day recommended by
the Congress to all the States) to be religiously observed as a Day of
Thanksgiving and Prayer, that all the people may then assemble to
celebrate...that he hath been pleased to continue to us the Light of the
That we also offer up fervent
supplications...to cause pure Religion and Virtue to flourish...and to
fill the world with his glory."
Ronald Reagan, in proclaiming a Day of Prayer, stated on January 27, 1983:
"In 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed the first National Day of Prayer...
1783, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the long, weary
Revolutionary War during which a National Day of Prayer had been
proclaimed every spring for eight years."