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Ox Swamp:

The Swamp Fox Earns His Name

 
 
Ox Swamp: The Swamp Fox Earns His Name Marker image. Click for full size.
By C Summers, January 19, 2012
1. Ox Swamp: The Swamp Fox Earns His Name Marker
Inscription. On the night of November 7, 1780, Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton and his Green Dragoons - together with Harrison’s Provincials, a large unit of Tories from the area between the upper Santee and Wateree Rivers - camped at the plantation of the late General Richard Richardson, hoping to surprise Francis Marion’s much smaller force.

Marion learned the size of Tarleton’s force and in the dead of night withdrew east over Jack’s Creek toward the Pocotaligo River and Kingstree. Just before dawn Tarleton received word of Marion’s move and by daybreak was in full pursuit, galloping twenty-six miles “through Swamps, Woods, and Fastness toward Black River without a Halt.” But when they arrived at the wide, roadless expanse of Ox Swamp, they stopped, exhausted. Tarleton reportedly said to his troops, “Come my boys! Let us go back, and we will soon find the Gamecock (General Thomas Sumter, another Patriot partisan leader). But as for this damned old fox, the devil himself could not catch him.” The story spread until all the people along the Santee and the Pee Dee called Francis Marion the “Swamp Fox.”

Marion had an ambuscade set for Tarleton at Benbow’s Ferry ten miles east of Ox Swamp on the Black River.

Unable to catch Marion, Tarleton punished the surrounding community. Marion reported: “Col.

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By C Summers
2. Dedication of the Marker
Tarleton has burnt all the houses, and destroyed all the corn, from Camden down to Nelson’s Ferry... It is distressing to see women and children sitting in the open air around a fire, without a blanket, or any clothing but what they had on ..., for he spares neither Whig nor Tory.”
 
Erected 2012 by Francis Marion Trail Commission.
 
Location. 33° 42.941′ N, 80° 11.875′ W. Marker is in Manning, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker is on US 301 & US 521, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Less than 1/2 mile from Pocotaligo Nature Walk sign, adjacent to the Pocotaligo Swamp. Marker is in this post office area: Manning SC 29102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hanna Levi Memorial Library / Manning Library (approx. 1.4 miles away); Pond Bluff to St Stephens (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ebenezer Baptist Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ambush at Half-Way Swamp (approx. 1.5 miles away); Fuel 24 (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Swamp Fox (approx. 1.5 miles away); Francis Marion Reflections (approx. 1.6 miles away); Murray's Ferry - Santee River (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manning.
 
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Ox Swamp: The Swamp Fox Earns His Name Marker image. Click for full size.
By C Summers, May 15, 2012
3. Ox Swamp: The Swamp Fox Earns His Name Marker
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