Cowpens is the first battle of my series chronologically, and also the first of the battles I've actually run. I covered this battle extensively on this blog in 2008 . It's a challenging battle to do. For those of you who don't know the action, a combined arms force of British regulars and provincials under Banastre Tarleton ran headlong into a novel defense developed by General Daniel Morgan in the South Carolina backcountry. Morgan deployed a defense in depth of three lines, the first two of militia and the third of veteran continental light infantry with support from various mounted elements. Tarleton was decisively defeated when his rapidly advancing troops were enveloped on both flanks by cavalry and the militia that retired in front of his advance.
All the units are painted and the unit strengths are based on those in Greg Novak's American War of Independence: Book Two the Southern Campaigns.
British Order of Battle
17th Light Dragoons 6 figures (3 stands)
British Legion Light Dragoons 24 figures (3 troops of 4 stands)
British Legion Infantry 24 figures (6 stands)
Light Infantry Battalion 16 figures (4 stands)
7th Foot 20 figures (5 stands)
1st Batt. 71st Foot 24 figures (6 stands)
Royal Artiller 1 section 3 pdrs.
American Order of Battle
Maryland/Delaware Light Infantry Battalion 36 figures (9 stands) 3rd Line
Virginia/South Carolina State troops 12 figures (3 stands) 3rd Line
Triplett's Virginia Militia 16 figures (4 stands) 3rd Line
1st and 3rd Continental Light Dragoons 8 figures (4 stands) Cavalry Reserve
Virginia/North Carolina Light Horse 4 figures (2 stands) Cavalry Reserve
McCalls Carolina/Georgia Light Horse/Volunteer Light Horse 8 figures (4 stands) Cavalry Reserve
Roebuck's Spartanburg militia 12 figures (3 stands)
Thomas's Spartanburg militia 16 figures (4 stands)
Hayes' Little River militia 20 figures (5 stands)
McDowell's North Carolina militia 24 figures (6 stands)
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