Morgan Evades Cornwallis

Morgan Evades Cornwallis

Soon after the conflict was ended Morgan put his army in motion to evade the operations of Cornwallis and secure the fruits of his victory. He passed over the Broad River that day at Island Ford, whither he had sent his baggage wagons that morning. Thence he directed his march toward Beaty’s Ford on the Catawba. Here commenced the famous race between him and Cornwallis. The latter, as soon as he heard of the affair at the Cowpens, put his army in motion to retake the prisoners and chastise the hero of the Cowpens. Morgan fully appreciated his danger and put forth all his energies to avert it, and hence the flight and pursuit to the Dan River in Virginia. When Morgan’s army was safely across the Yadkin he advised a portion of the South Carolina militia to return and defend their homes in the best manner they could. The regiments of Brandon and Thomas accordingly did return.