Near Gaffney in Cherokee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
From Pasture to Park
Cowpens National Battleﬁeld
Although Congress debated creating the park here as early as 1891, it was not until 1929 that Congress passed legislation to establish Cowpens National Battlefield Site. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed legislation to change the name to Cowpens National Battlefield and authorized purchasing the land encompassed by the park today.
Visitors to the battlefield in the 1800s would have had a very different experience than they do today.
From 1932-1978, a part-time caretaker managed Cowpens National Battlefield Site. In 1978 the National Park Service disassembled the US Monument, which was located at the intersection of State Highways 11 and 110, and rebuilt it in front of the future Visitor Center.
January 17, 1781
Battle of Cowpens
Robert Scruggs House built. Served as the unofficial Visitor Center for the battlefield.
The Washington Light Infantry built the first monument to the battle 75 years afterwards.
A statue of Daniel Morgan was built for the
President Herbert Hoover signed the enabling legislation authorizing Cowpens National Battlefield Site. The Daniel Morgan DAR Chapter and Cherokee County purchased and donated one acre to the federal government for a monument.
President Nixon signed HR 10086 into law, creating Cowpens National Battlefield.
The Visitor Center Opened.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 35° 7.704′ N, 81° 48.167′ W. Marker is near Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker can be reached from Battleground Tour Road 0.8 miles east of McGinnis Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Picnic Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Chesnee Hwy, Gaffney SC 29341, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "...A Most Dreary Appearance" (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert Scruggs House (approx. ¼ mile away); Road to the Revolution (approx. ¼ mile away); The Battle of Cowpens (approx. The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hearth and Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); The British Army (approx. half a mile away); Sword Clash on Green River Road (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaffney.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 24, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.