This day we fought men, for some days before we were fighting with hunger. —SGT. ROGER LAMB, 23rd Foot
Cornwallis's army took nearly two hours to reach Greene's battlefield. The British likely spent half that period resting and collecting the wounded and dead. The Guards light infantry and jaegers probably replenished their ammunition. By 10:00 A.M., the column had been on its feet for nearly five hours. The men were likely tired, definitely hungry, and probably well splattered with mud. While American prisoners were marched to the rear and interrogated as to Greene's dispositions, the British evacuated their wounded to the New Garden Meeting House. Many of Cornwallis's men perhaps took the opportunity to eat their last “unground corn.” After roughly twenty minutes' rest, British and German officers had their sergeants yelling for the men to fall in. Cornwallis had finally “caught” Greene, and the decisive battle that he had been seeking was at hand.
Ahead of Cornwallis's main column marched an advance party of jaegers, Guards Brigade light infantry, and the British Legion cavalry. Overall command of this advance guard fell upon Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton. The twentysix-year-old son of the mayor of Liverpool, Tarleton had studied law at Oxford before purchasing a commission in the 1st Dragoons. He came to America as