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Definition: Decisive American victory that turned the tide of the war in the South. American forces under the command of Nathanael Greene met British forces under the command of General Charles Cornwallis near some cowpens in South Carolina on January 17, 1781. Outnumbered and ill-prepared, the Americans nonetheless won the day with a fierce bayonet charge that resulted in a mass surrender. This victory convinced Cornwallis to look northward, a decision that would ultimately lead him to Yorktown and final surrender.

Related Resources:
The American Revolutionary War
This fun, illustrated article tells you all you need to know about this famous war, from an easy-to-understand point of view.

Cowpens Battle Map (large)

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Battle of Cowpens
This great site puts the battle in perspective by itself and on a larger scale.

The Revolutionary War: Causes and Major Battles
This site has it all!

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