Photo from the re-enactment of the Revolutionary War, Battle of Gilford Court House ... fought on March 15, 1781, at a site which is now in Greensboro ... a 2,100-man British force under the command of Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis defeated Major General Nathanael Greene's 4,500 Americans ... The British Army, however, lost a considerable number of men during the battle (with estimates as high as 27%). Such heavy British casualties resulted in a strategic victory for the Americans.
Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870) was an American and Confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army. He commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. A son of Revolutionary War officer Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Lee was a top graduate of the United States Military Academy and an exceptional officer and military engineer in the United States Army for 32 years. During this time, he served throughout the United States, distinguished himself during the Mexican–American War, and served as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy. #januarybirthdays#robertelee#revolutionarywar#military#virginia
On January 17, 1781, American troops led by Brigadier General Daniel Morgan achieved an important victory over British forces at the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina. The Patriot’s success on the battlefield was a turning point in the Revolutionary War’s southern campaign, helping to reignite the flame of rebellion in the southern colonies.
Nine days after the Battle of Cowpens, General Morgan wrote to his friend William Snickers: “I have given [Tarleton] a devil of a whipping.” Morgan’s description of his victory over British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton was accurate. In under an hour, American forces had achieved a total victory. 110 British soldiers were killed, over 40 of whom were officers, another 200 were wounded, and 500 men fighting for the Crown were taken prisoner. Morgan on the other hand fared much better, suffering less than 100 casualties.
Prior to the battle, Tarleton had been pursuing Morgan’s forces under the orders of the leader of British southern strategy, Lord Charles Cornwallis. On January 16, 1781, General Morgan arrived at the Broad River and decided to make his stand at Cowpens, a pastureland in present-day Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Morgan cornered his force in the bend of the river and delivered rousing words to his men, preparing them for the battle to come.
On January 17, Tarleton’s force of some 1,150 attacked. Morgan countered him with around 1,065 American troops, implementing a unique strategy against his foe. Nicknamed Old Waggoner for his service as a wagon driver during the French and Indian War, Morgan ordered his militia to skirmish with the enemy, but to leave the front line after firing two rounds. Tarleton’s men mistook the repositioning of the Americans as a rout. The error proved fatal for the British as they ran into an unexpected volley of concentrated rifle fire combined with a cavalry charge. That was followed by the return of the militia, essentially sealing the American victory. Tarleton managed to escape, but some 75 percent of his troops were killed, wounded, or captured. The day belonged to General Morgan and all of the men under his command. 🇺🇸 #ThisIsWhyWeStand
“Fought everywhere, was beaten nowhere.”
-Major General Daniel Morgan Response Letter to Congress, c. 1798
On the right and photo three is the location of famed Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan’s original grace. The Epitaph on Daniel Morgan's original grave marker: “Major General Daniel Morgan On July 6th, 1802 in the 67th year of his age. Patriotism and valor were the prominent features of his character and the honorable services he rendered to his country during the Revolutionary War crowned him with glory and will remain in the hearts of his countrymen a perpetual monument to his memory.
Congressional Gold Medal
awarded to Brigadier General Daniel Morgan
March 9, 1781
for his victory at the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina
January 17, 1781”
Post war Morgan subdued the Whiskey Rebellion in Pittsburg and in 1796 was elected and served one term in the House of Representatives. He died in 1802 and his remains were buried at Old Stone Church (Picture 3). His remains were moved to Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester in 1868. (On the left and picture 2)
While you're pretending to give the gym a chance, put on your headphones and take in this week's episode with Nick Youssef. Our tale hearkens back to the 1770s; a time when people still said "hark" and wore wigs and were called Whigs and probably smelled like dirty fake hair. Nick joins the guys to learn about James Fitzpatrick, the Robin Hood of the revolutionary war (if Robin really loved flogging people). This episode includes a horse-wife, a wife-horse, a Quaker fetish and drunk Amazon wish-listing.
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Ginny often runs errands with me (her very favorite spot is Virginia National Bank because they ALWAYS give her treats) and today we pawsed at this sign in Barracks Road Shopping Center. There is an interesting story behind its name and logo that includes Mr. Jefferson and the Battle of Saratoga. If you want to learn more, click the link in my profile. #englishspringerspaniel#barracksroad#hessians#revolutionarywar#historygeeks
For my first lies you were taught in school I would like to do two simple but still commonly believed stories due to them being told even now despite all evidence against the quotes!
First is the famous Marie Antoinette the French Queen famous for saying "Let them eat cake" in response to the struggle of her people who had little food to survive on! Except of course she never said this and as the portrait I chose for her, she was only about 10 years old at the time she supposedly said this and was not ruling over the people yet. In fact this claim is so made up that it has been claimed to be said by people as far back as Marie Thérèse in the 1660s! The claim is also very unnatural to be pinned to Antoinette because she herself had taken great concern for the well being of her people and worked to raise money to help the poor, she was very much aware of the situation for her poorest citizens and cared for them.
The second is the famous claim that as a child George Washington cut down his father's cherry tree and then confessed to doing it to his father. The story was to show just how morally honest George Washington was and to promote a even more positive image of him...but he never claimed this happen nor did anyone else in the family! It was actually a Priest named Mason Locke Weems who added it to a biography he wrote about Washington in the 1806 edition. Although Washington was an honest man, this story is just a made up tale and nothing more.
Don't forget these great people:
The tomb of Revolutionary War Captain John Paul Jones, whose influence and leadership were instrumental in the formation of the US Navy. Considered America's first great naval war hero. Known for his saying, "Surrender? I have not yet begun to fight!" during the Battle of Flamborough Head which resulted in the defeat of the H.M.S.Serapis 😁
On Jan 17,1781 The Battle of Cowpens was fought. The Patriots under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan were victorious. The defeat sent Cornwallis back North where he was cornered by General Washington at Yorktown. #jrrangers#revolutionarywar#battleofcowpens#southcarolina @nationalparkservice
This past weekend in Williamsburg was amazing. Despite the cold and not everything being open because of the off season it was a lot of fun and so good to get to go back to the city. We got to wear our costumes in the perfect colonial setting, I loved just getting to walk around the area and really feel like we belonged there. The staff was very pleasant and receptive to us which meant so much since that hasn’t always been the case and they were all very knowledgeable about their trades. I had a fantastic conversation with the tailor regarding 18th century stays and fabrics that would have been available during that time. I was extremely impressed with how knowledgeable the young Thomas Jefferson was and how nice the gentleman portraying him was. We spent 3 days there and I still feel like I didn’t get enough so it’s good I have an annual pass now lol. I want to send a huge should out to @cherlambeth @thedoctorboy @kutiechick @nightengale37 for making this such a good weekend; for sharing this passion for history and putting up with my…enthusiasm for it. I cannot have a ton of pictures to post so I will warn you about being flooded with even more Colonial pictures than usual. But here are a few of my favorites from the weekend. -- #colonialwilliamsburg#williamsburg#history#18thcentruy#revolutionarywar#revolution#ushistory#travel#virginia#coloniallife#colonial#colonialamerica#georgewashington#washington#aidedecamp#marquisdelafayette#alexanderhamilton#hamilton#johnlaurens#aidedecamplife#cosplay#lams
The Augusta County Militia drilling as a company of the 13th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line at the Fort Pitt Museum, 2017. Mastering drill and maneuver was a crucial element of military training in the eighteenth century, as soldiers fought and moved around on the battlefield in linear formations. From 1775-1777, the Continental Army had no standardized drill manual, something that severely hampered its effectiveness in battle against the British and Hessians. After Valley Forge, where the Army learned a standard drill and maneuver manual developed by Von Steuben, it performed much better in operations. #revwar#revolutionarywar#18thcentury#revolutionarywarreenactment
Petty sutlery brush arbor at #brandywinebattlefield , 2017. Sutlers, or vendors, frequently followed armies and set up shop near their camps to sell them things they weren’t issued (or weren’t issued enough of). This sutlery sold fresh vegetables and produce. To the consternation of officers, many of the sutlers sold alcoholic beverages as well. Sutlers were regulated by army leadership and were required to have permission to operate. #18thcentury , #revolutionarywar#revwarreenactment
Designed in a bold Italianate style by Machias architect Andrew R. Gilson, Liberty Hall was built in 1873 at a cost of about $8,000. The magnificent building rises above the shores of Machias Bay. Here in 1775 local patriots captured the British ship, HMS Margaretta, in the first sea victory of the American Revolution, a battle often called "The Lexington of the Seas."
Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent, passionate times before the Revolutionary War in Boston. Johnny, a young apprentice silversmith, becomes caught up in an involvement with James Otis, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams in events that led up to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington.
This is historical fiction at it’s best. #johnnytremain#estherforbes#revolutionarywar#bostonteaparty#books#forsale