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Francis Marion Swamp Fox of the Revolution
Francis Marion Swamp Fox of the Revolution Author:Beryl Williams and Samuel Epstein The greatest guerilla fighter in the American Revolution was Francis Marion. Incredibly daring, he terrorized the entire British Army in South Carolina, striking with fantastic swiftness, then vanishing ghost-like into the swamps. To chase himwas a futile nightmare, for the Swamp Fox was too clever and too fearless. Norn near Georgetown, Sout... more »h Carolina, Marion was for years a peaceful farmer. When the Cherokees begantheir massacres he began his fighting career, learning the Indian techniques of surprise attack and sudden disappearance, how to use swamps and forests as cover. Thus when England sent a vast fleet to capture Charleston, Marion was already a brilliant strategist. From a tiny, unfinished island fort he defied fifty warships of the greatest navy in the world. He and his men crippled the entire British fleet and saved the city, though they lacked adequate ammunition, achieving the first important victory of the American Revolution.
When Charleston fell to the enemy, Marion escaped and formed Marion's Brigade - one hundred fifty tattered, penniless patriots. None received pay, food or even ammunition from the Continental Army. The only reward they sought was freedom from tyranny, freedom for America.« less