Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
made among the officers, rendered itself apparent in the
confusion of the troops. Still they advanced, yet obvious-
ly with such hesitation, that Tarleton ordered the 71st re-
giment into line upon his left. His cavalry at the same
time descended upon the Americans' right. Morgan
perceived this movement, and the necessity of covering
his flank. In this crisis of the battle, Washington en.-
countered the cavalry of Tarleton, in a successful charge
the militia recovered, and forming a new reserve, were
ready to obey the command of Morgan, to give them but
one more fire and make the victory secure ;"�the bayonets
of Howard's continentals were interlocked with those of
the foe ;�and the day was won. The concerted action
of Morgan's whole force at the most important moment,
was the certain guaranty of victory. The enemy was
within thirty yards, tumultuously shouting and advancing,
when the final fire of the Americans was delivered.
The survivors of the terrible discharge threw down their
weapons, and fell upon their faces. Eight hundred stand
of arms, two field pieces and thirty-five baggage wagons,
fell into the hands of the victors. The remains of the
British cavalry were pursued for several miles by Wash-
ington, but the greater part of them escaped. Thus
ended the great and well fought battle of the Cowpens.