The January 1781 American defeat of the British at Cowpens, South Carolina is one of the most ingeniously scripted displays of tactical genius, ever, by an American commander. Some historians call it the most perfect battle fought in the Americas The American commander, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, a self-taught frontiersman, outwitted, and his forces outfought, the well-trained British regulars, finishing the battle with a military maneuver history rarely sees: a double envelopment. The battle served as inspiration for the final battle of Mel Gibsons 2000 film The Patriot. Cowpens was a turning point in the war, the British surrendered ten months later. This video takes you to the war and shows you the battle.