Academic journal article Military Review

A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens

Academic journal article Military Review

A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens

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A DEVIL OF A WHIPPING: The Battle of Cowpens, Lawrence E. Babits, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 1998. 231 oases. $34.95.

As an ROTC instructor, I taught the Battle of the Cowpens in the Military History class. Before 1 read A Devil of a Whipping, I thought I knew the battle. Lawrence E. Babits, drawing from a variety of sources and using his experiences as a Revolutionary War re-enactor, explains how rates of march provide a foundation for timing the battle's various phases. Babits' use of pension applications as sources of information also is unique. The Pension Acts of 1810, 1818 and 1832 provide a wealth of information about who participated in the battle.

Using some basic assumptions, Babits draws several conclusions, such as the number of militia involved in the battle by state. From pensioners with wounds, he places militia units on the field and defines their participation in various segments of the battle. …

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