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Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina... Cornwallis on the move...



Item # 120003

April 1, 1781

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1781
Inside has commentary on a recent publication, titled: "Monody on Major Andre", which note: "This mournful & interesting Eulogium, consecrated to the memory of Major Andre, with the zeal of a religious enthusiast to his murdered Saint...acquaints us also with many particulars before unknown, of the genius & character of this unfortunate hero...Mr. Andre had conspicuous talents for poetry, music & painting..." with more (see).
Under the "Historical Chronicle" is a nice report of the Battle of Cowpens, during which General Morgan decisively defeated British forces under Col. Tarleton, a few bits including: "...from Earl Corsnwallis give an account of an affair between Lt. Col. Tarleton & Gen. Morgan, which had been much exaggerated..." followed by more specific details (see photos). This is followed by reports of the latest movements of Cornwallis in the South, who: "...continued his marching though strongly opposed by a body of militia till routed...another body of militia under Col. Pickings was defeated by Lieut. Col. Tarleton & many of them killed with inconsiderable loss on the part of the King's troops, who now took possession of Salisbury on the 4th..." with more (see).
Complete in 48 pages, measures 5 by 8 inches with a full title/contents page featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, a bit close-trimmed at the right margin of 4 leaves only, none affecting any mentioned text.
A very nice magazine from the Revolutionary War& from the "mother country" with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, and more. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.

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