• 18th century tents are set up in a lane.

    Cowpens

    National Battlefield South Carolina

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  • Closed for Federal Holiday

    Cowpens National Battlefield will be closed October 13, 2014 for Columbus Day. The park will reopen at 9:00 on October 14.

The Old Oak Tree

The oak tree in May 2003

Many visitors wonder if the big oak tree on the battlefield was here at the time of the battle. Although we believe that it was not, it was very old.

On June 27, 2008, the big oak tree fell. It had been struck by lightning several years ago and was stressed by the recent drought. Following are the before and after pictures of the tree that some people called "Grandpa."

 

Did You Know?

camp followers

In the Revolutionary War, some women, known as camp followers, went with their husbands to the battlefields to tend to such chores as cooking, mending, laundry, and nursing the sick and wounded. Sometimes unmarried women performed these duties for a small wage and half rations.