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The Elusive Francis Marion: The Stuff of Legend

 
 
The Elusive Francis Marion: The Stuff of Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, March 24, 2012
1. The Elusive Francis Marion: The Stuff of Legend Marker
Inscription. For what he did in less than three years during the Revolutionary War, Francis Marion won enduring fame. By the nineteenth century he was remembered as the Swamp Fox, the partisan commander who always eluded the British and their Loyalist allies.

Marion's achievements are significant and real, but some of his fame rests upon exaggerated stories in a biography by Mason Weems, the biographer of George Washington who fabricated the famous story of Washington chopping down a cherry tree. Much about Marion remains unknown, and the Swamp Fox, obscured by legend, is almost as elusive to history as he was to the British.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 27.231′ N, 80° 5.202′ W. Marker is in Pineville, South Carolina, in Berkeley County. Marker is on General Francis Marion Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pineville SC 29468, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Francis Marion / Francis Marion's Grave (a few steps from this marker); The Elusive Francis Marion: Guerrilla Commander (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Marionís Grave
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, March 24, 2012
2. Overview
Marker is behind the State Roadside Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Village of Eadytown (approx. 2.1 miles away); Village of Pineville (approx. 3.8 miles away); Maham Plantation (approx. 4.2 miles away); Thomas Walter (approx. 6 miles away); Cantey Family Cemetery (approx. 6.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pineville.
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, March 24, 2012
3. Picture on the marker
One of Weems' most enduring stories tells of a British officer in Marion's camp under a flag of truce. After Marion fed him his troops' usual fare of sweet potatoes, according to Weems, the officer concluded that such men could not be beaten and resigned his commission.
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, March 24, 2012
4. Picture on the marker
Falling trees destroyed Marion's marble tombstone, pictured at right, prompting calls for funds to replace it. In 1893 the state responded by erecting the existing granite monument over the remains of the original marker. Courtesy of Cornell University Library, Making of America Digital Collection
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 649 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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