In June 1781 Tarleton raided Charlottesville and the vicinity, nearly captured Thomas Jefferson, and destroyed the public records and some arms and ammunition.
The dashing rider, Colonel Banastre Tarleton, cut to pieces (April 14, 1780) a detachment of Lincoln's cavalry, and followed it up by practically destroying Buford's Virginia regiment near the North Carolina border.
On the 17th of January 1781 General Daniel Morgan was attacked at Cowpens, south-west of King's Mountain, by Colonel Tarleton with his legion.
In January 1781 Cornwallis and Tarleton attempted to entrap him, but at the Cowpens (Jan.
17) he defeated Tarleton and then escaped from Cornwallis into North Carolina.
H.Tarleton, Life of Nicholas, Breakspear (London, 1896).