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South Boston in Halifax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Race to the Dan

 
 
The Race to the Dan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 8, 2022
1. The Race to the Dan Marker
Inscription.  The American Revolution was raging, and it was headed this way.

Hopes for American liberty were carried by the army of General Nathanael Greene. In early 1781, after five long years of war, Greene's American army retreated across the Carolinas ahead of Lord Cornwallis' British troops. The two armies were approaching exhaustion by February 10, 1781, when General Greene led his 1,400 men on a 75-mile forced march to cross the Dan River into the shelter of Virginia. Pursued by a much larger and better-equipped British force, on icy trails and through sleepless nights, Greene's army struggled to the river.

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The Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina on January 17, 1781. After this battle, the American and British armies raced across the Carolinas toward the Dan River and Virginia (Painting by Alonzo Chappel)

The American army on the winter march in early 1781. (General Greene's Army by Robert Wilson, image courtesy of South Carolina State Museum)

After the Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 1781, the British army pursued the American army to the Dan River (Map courtesy of
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Major General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) was the commander of the American southern army (Portrait from frontispiece of General Greene by Francis Vinton Greene, 1893)

Lieutenant General Charles, Second Earl Cornwallis (1718-1805), was the commander of the British army in the south (Image courtesy of Clements Library, University of Michigan)

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is February 14, 1781.
 
Location. 36° 41.591′ N, 78° 54.198′ W. Marker is in South Boston, Virginia, in Halifax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Seymour Drive and Ferry Street, on the left when traveling west. Located just west of the Norfolk Southern RR bridge below the Tobacco Heritage Trail overlooking the Dan River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Boston VA 24592, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. What a Way to Cross the River! (here, next to this marker); Boyd's Ferry on the Dan River (here, next to this marker); The Crossing of the Dan River (here, next to this marker); Crossing of the Dan Monument (here, next to this marker); From Here to Victory at Yorktown (a few steps from this marker); Refuge and Recovery in Halifax County
Crossing of the Dan Monument & Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 8, 2022
2. Crossing of the Dan Monument & Markers
(a few steps from this marker); DAR Memorial Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crossing of the Dan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Boston.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2022, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2022, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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