The Battle at Cowpens

Catherine Moore Barry
Kate Barry
Margaret Catherine Moore Barry

Many people know of General George Washington and his role in leading the troops during the Revolution. But few know of the woman who may have single-handedly assisted in turning the war around.

Meet Catherine Moore Berry:

It was l781. The British, under command of General Cornwallis was out to crush a group of Patriots commanded by a General Morgan. General Morgan, realizing how out-manned he was, appealed to Catherine Moore Barry for help. She knew every inch of the land she lived in. She knew all the short cuts, the trail, where Patriots lived, and how to contact them. Single-handedly, Catherine rounded up the necessary local Patriots to join General Morgan's troops. With Catherine's help, General Morgan laid a trap for General Corwallis and his men. The plan worked. General Cornwallis was defeated, retreating into the hands of General Washington... at Yorktown, Virginia. With his surrender there, the colonies won their independence from Britain.

She became the heroine of the Battle of Cowpens by volunteering as a scout for the patriots of South Carolina. Her mission assured an important American victory.

The Battle

Kate Barry and the Battle of Cowpens
Catherine Moore Barry
Overview of The Battle of Cowpens
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