Saber and Scroll


The defeated British commander at the Battle of Cowpens was Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton. Only 26, he was young for such a post, but had proven himself an able and, at times, gifted commander, especially in the area of mobile operations. Tarleton’s youthful energy served him well in the field, as he pushed himself and the men of his British Legion hard, often surprising his American adversaries. For all his success, however, Tarleton’s lack of seasoning resulted in a downside to his operations. He was often reckless, to the detriment of his force in terms of the state of the men, their mounts, and the security of his logistics and communications.



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