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Near Gaffney in Cherokee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Race to the Dan River

 
 
Race to the Dan River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 25, 2008
1. Race to the Dan River Marker
Inscription. General Morgan's army secured a great victory on the field before you:

"Our loss was inconsiderable, not having more than twelve killed and sixty wounded. The enemy's loss was 10 commissioned officers and over 100 rank and file killed and 200 wounded, 29 commissioned officers and about 500 privates, prisoners which fell into our hands, with two pieces of artillery, two standards, 800 muskets, one traveling forge, thirty-five baggage wagons, seventy Negroes and upwards of 100 dragoon horses, with all their musick."

General Morgan to General Greene, January 19, 1781 Report on the Battle of Cowpens

From here, the army moved into North Carolina where he dismissed the militia. The remainder of the army hurried to the Dan River in Virginia before the British could overtake and recapture the prisoners.
 
Erected by Cowpens National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 35° 8.247′ N, 81° 48.974′ W. Marker was near Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker was on Battleground Tour Road (Route 11), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Cowpens National Battlefield.
Marker on Cowpens National Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2010
2. Marker on Cowpens National Battlefield
Marker was at or near this postal address: 4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney SC 29341, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Morgan's Flying Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Spirit up the People (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Cowpens: Prelude to Victory (about 600 feet away); U.S. Memorial Monument (about 600 feet away); Battle of Cowpens Monument (about 600 feet away); After Victory (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Race to the Dan River (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cavalry (Dragoons) at Cowpens (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaffney.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Cowpens. National Park Service page. (Submitted on October 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Race to the Dan River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2010
3. Race to the Dan River Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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