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William Thornhill


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William Thornhill
Culpeper, Culpeper, Virginia
Hawkins County, North Carolina, USA
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United States of America
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Service Record

American Revolutionary War

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Battle of Cowpens

The Battle of Cowpens 1781 Battle: COWPENS A British 17th Light Dragoon War: American Revolutionary War Date: 17th January 1781 Place: South Carolina on the border with North Carolina, United States of America Combatants: Americans against the British and loyalist Americans Generals: Colonel Daniel Morgan against Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton Size of the armies: The Americans had around 1,000 men and the British around 1,100. Uniforms, arms and equipment: The British wore red coats and headgear of bearskin caps, leather caps or tricorne hats depending on whether the troops were grenadiers, light infantry or battalion company men. The two regiments of light dragoons serving in America, the 16th and 17th, wore red coats and leather crested helmets. Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton of the 17th Light Dragoons, British commander at the Battle of Camden and commander of the notorious Tarleton’s Legion Tarleton’s legion had a uniform of ...
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William Thornhill

Captain.Revolutionary War Veteran William Thornhill, fought at the Battle of Cowpens

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Captain William Thornhill

The Thornhills served under General Morgan and on January 17, 1781, in South Carolina, General Morgan's troops fought and won a significant battle against a large contingent of General Cornwallis's forces. That battle comes down to us in history as the battle of the "Cowpens" because it was fought, literally, in a large clearing made for livestock grazing, with an extensive set of cow holding pens.

Serving with the British force was a Colonel Banistre Tarleton, one of Cornwallis's best fighting officers. In an earlier engagement, which Tarleton's forces had won, 120 Continental soldiers had been captured and disarmed. When asked what should be done with the prisoners, Tarleton ordered that they be shot on the spot. No wonder those serving in the American armies hated the British. Unfortunately, Colonel Tarleton was treated much more humanely by General Morgan and survived the Revolution and was able to return to his family in England when the war was over.

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