Brigadier General Daniel Morgan commanded all American troops at the Battle of Cowpens. He was born to Welsh parents in Hunterdon County, New Jersey on July 6, 1736. After an argument with his father, he left home at the age of seventeen. He eventually settled in Virginia.
At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War in 1775, he was commissioned as a captain by the Virginia House of Burgesses and tasked with forming a rifle company to fight the British. He recruited ninety-six men that would later become known as “Morgan’s Riflemen.”
After taking command of the Light Infantry Corps and being promoted to Brigadier General, he joined Major General Nathanael Greene in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 3, 1780. Greene sent Morgan and and 700 men in to South Carolina with orders to harass the enemy, giving Greene time to strengthen his forces.
On January 17, 1781 Morgan soundly defeated Tarleton and his British troops at Cowpens, securing his place in history. Weeks after the Battle of Cowpens, and after fiver years of service, Morgan would leave the army due to health reasons.
Daniel Morgan would serve his country one last time when, in 1797, he was elected as Congressman for Virginia’s first congressional district. He retired from public service after serving one term.
Daniel Morgan died at his Virginia home on July 6, 1802 at the age of 66.