How Did South Carolinians Affect The Outcome Of The Battle Of Cowpens

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In the battles that occurred in South Carolina during the American Revolution, South Carolinians heavily affected the outcome of the battle. For example, during the battle of Kings Mountain, the battle was only fought between the local militia and the British forces; the Continental Army wasn’t even involved in the battle, which ended in a Patriot win. Also, in the battle of Charleston, Fort Moultrie, the fort that appeared to absorb the cannonballs from British battleships, was built by South Carolinians. However, those two battles weren’t the only two battles where South Carolinians had a major role in a battle. In the Battle of Camden, the patriot force was exhausted after marching for miles with few supplies over the night, and fought …show more content…

The British didn’t know this until it was too late, and the British were destroyed by the Patriot force. The Battle of Cowpens is what caused the British forces in the area to retreat to Yorktown, VA, where the war ended. The remaining British forces in South Carolina were then driven out of South Carolina in the Battle of Eutaw Springs.

In an attempt to prevent such wars to occur again, the founding fathers of the United States decided on how the Government would run, in the Articles of Confederation. However, the Articles of Confederation gave too much power to the states and the U.S. Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation as a “guide” on what the government can do, and what the government cannot do. The U.S. Constitution split the power of government, using separation of powers, into three branches of …show more content…

With the new technology, army generals need to come up with new strategies to use these technologies, and what strategies to counter the new technologies. One example of a Northern strategy was to blockade the Southern coastlines with a new type of warship, an ironclad warship, which is a regular warship that is plated in iron to minimize the damage taken by cannonballs from the enemy warship. The plan also included destroying Southern land supply lines by destroying their railroads and cutting radio wires. This plan was the Anaconda Plan, and was eventually replaced by a radical new plan: to destroy anything that can support the Southern war machine that the North can access. This plan, still used today, is called total war, or attrition. The South, fighting a defensive war, had totally different strategies. One was to use blockade runners, fast and agile European ships, to bypass the Union blockade. Another strategy was to stand ground and slowly wear the Northern forces down until they surrender. Conscription, drafting people of draft age into the military, was also used. King Cotton Diplomacy, the belief that European importers of Cotton would ally with the South if they cut the cotton exports, was also employed by the

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