That was Nathaniel Greene's intention from the time Washington put him in command. Greene's goal was to make the British pay dearly for every square inch of ground they captured. The British, on the other hand, hoped to swell their ranks with loyal colonials who loved their king. That doesn't happen when you go into an area to win someone's hearts and minds but steal their livestock to feed your army and house your soldiers in your house just a few feet from your teenage daughter's bedroom. Had CNN been around back then, they would have said that the colonists were losing the war and the Nathaniel Greene was an incompetent general. Back to Mrogan and Cowpens. He didn't select the position because of any tactical advantage. He was forced into it by trying to get away from Tarelton. When he was handed a bunch of lemons, he made lemonade. I'd like to know how many of the Overmountain Men reinforced Morgan at Cowpens. These were season riflemen who knew how to employ irregular tactics. There were 1,000 of them at Kings Mountain against the same number of British and Loyalist troops. As Morgan had about 1,000 men in total at Cowpens, we obviously know that there weren't that many Overmountain men as there were at Kings Mountain. Kings Mountain was the classic set-piece battle with an even number of forces with terrain favoring the defender. Yet, taking advantage of the terrain for cover and concealment, the attackers managed to inflict over 300 casualties. There were Loyalist riflemen at Kings Mountain. I don't know how many were there but I doubt there were enough, as the numbers show, to inflict enough carnage on the attackers. Ferguson, prior to Kings Mountain, wasn't subtle in warning the Overmountain men to lay down their arms. He had sent a message to them stating that if they didn't lay down their arms he was going to ravage the countryside, burn their homes and hang their leaders. These backwoodsmen didn't need to listen to any other motivational speakers from their side. This is another example of how much psychology can factor into the outcome of a battle. The Overmountain men weren't just fighting for a new form of government. They were fighting for their families. Again, back to Morgan; he knew about the prior battles that the Overmountain men had fought in. He knew that he could rely on them. And he knew how to employ their skills at precision rifle fire. I'm running out of time but would like to explore more about Kings Mountain.