Proceedings at the Unveiling of the Battle Monument in Spartanburg, S. C; In Commemoration of the Centennial of the Battle of Cowpens

Proceedings at the Unveiling of the Battle Monument in Spartanburg, S. C; In Commemoration of the Centennial of the Battle of Cowpens

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...pursuit. Such was the speed of his march that he came in sight of Morgan about 8 o'clock in the morning. Still lingering under the delusion that escape across Broad River was the only object of his enemy, he determined to attack at once, for he was a bold and dashing soldier, one who never hesitated when an enemy was in sight. Before describing the great battle that followed it may be proper to notice the charge made against Morgan that he was imprudent in fighting a force so superior to his own i11 the position chosen. In military operations success is the best justification of the wisdom of plans adopted to secure an end, and in this case there could be no ampler vindication of Morgan's conduct than was furnished by the result of the great battle which he planned and directed. In war at least the maxim holds good, that "nothing succeeds like success," but apart from the success achieved here, there are many considerations which justify Morgan fully in the course he adopted. It was manifest to him that with an active, energetic, determined enemy pressing on with vigor he would not be able to effect a passage across the river without a contest which might prove disastrous to him. A retreat, under the circumstances in which he was placed, would necessarily soon have become a flight, and the militia, composing so large a portion of his force, would have sought safety by deserting their colors. His little body of Regulars, pressed in rear by an active enemy and threatened in front by an overwhelming force, would have fallen an easy prey to their pursuers. By accepting battle in a strong position he was able to concentrate his whole strength, and he had every reason to expect reinforcements at any moment. He had a just confidence...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123687109X
  • 9781236871091