HEROES AND HEROINES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
THE OLD WAGONER
Written by Idella Bodie
Morgan's story begins before the Revolutionary War when England still
governed the colonies. Also at this time in history, France and England
fought over unsettled land in America.
As a young man, Daniel drove a supply wagon with food, ammunition, and other
provisions for the British army. Although he was not old, he earned the
nickname of "The Old Wagoner." He even called himself that in talking to
Morgan's fame as a soldier came when he fought the British in the French and
Indian War. Native Americans, who had long occupied these lands, joined
the British or the French. Each side made promises of treating the Indians
right when the battle was over.
At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Moran joined the Patriots and led a
company of sharpshooting riflemen in a north battle.
When the thickest fighting moved to the southern colonies, the upcountry of
South Carolina was a frontier land with grassy plains and natural springs.
It was here that
Daniel Morgan led a
company of militia through numerous battles including Saratoga. But his finest
moment was leading the southern Patriot force to a brilliant victory over
Banastre Tarleton at the Battle of
Cowpens--using a risky battle plan.
This book describes the childhood, military
service, and accomplishments of Daniel Morgan, especially as they relate to the
southern campaigns of the American Revolution.
88 pages. 2002. Reading level: