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On the Road to Yorktown

By Linda Tancs

On this date in 1781 the Patriots won a decisive victory over the Redcoats in Gaffney, South Carolina at the Battle of Cowpens.  Formally a pasture before becoming a battlefield, Cowpens National Battlefield is the site where a military maneuver known as a double envelopment took place, the only such tactic to take place during the Revolution.  The result at Cowpens started General Lord Cornwallis on the road to Yorktown that eventually led to the British surrender there.

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