- Edgar said the 17 Carolina backcountry battles —15 of which were victories for the patriots — helped lead to the ultimate American victory at Yorktown, Virginia, on Oct. 17, 1781.
- He noted that the historic Battle of Cowpens in Spartanburg County in January of that year was the “only pitched battle in the American Revolution where British troops ran from the field.”
Winthrop University, "S.C. Historian Walter Edgar Entertains and Informs Large Crowd at Winthrop on March 22" (2017). Winthrop News 2017. 57.