Banastre Tarleton: Battle of Cowpens, Spartanburg

Event details

  • January 13, 2017
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Headquarters Library, Barrett Room, 151 S Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29306
  • 1-864-596-3508


On the anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens, the dastardly Banastre Tarleton, better known as “Bloody Ban” returns to the scene of his crimes. History comes alive at this Free Chautauqua performance. Experience the Battle of Cowpens as told by the dashing British commander whose arrogance and ability defined the battle but did not defeat our Continental Army.

Boo, hiss, ask questions. Bloody Ban Tarleton will have to answer – to you – for his despicable deeds. Performed by Ken Johnston who has previously performed for Spartanburg to a Standing Room only crowd as Battle of Cowpens hero – Daniel Morgan. Now hear the other side of the story.

This performance is presented in cooperation with Cowpens National Battlefield and the South Carolina SAR.

Performed by Ken Johnston, Gainesville, GA
Mr. Johnston is a nationally acclaimed historical interpreter who has performed for Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian’s National Archives and National Portrait Gallery, English Heritage-UK, Atlanta History Center, National Civil War Naval Museum, and Northeast Georgia History Center. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared on National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Food Network, PBS, and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. He has previously performed in Spartanburg Chautauqua as Benedict Arnold, Patrick Henry and Daniel Morgan.

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