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Marion in Marion County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Francis Marion

The Swamp Fox

 
 
Francis Marion Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 26, 2009
1. Francis Marion Marker
Inscription. Born St. Johnís Parish, S. C., 1732. Died February 27, 1795. Buried Belle Isle Plantation, Berkeley County, S. C.

1759 — French and Indian War
1761 — Cherokee Uprising
1775 — Captain, 2nd S. C. Regiment
1775 — Commander, Fort Dorchester
1776 — Major, Battle of Sullivanís Island
1777 — Lt. Colonel, 2nd S. C. Regiment
1780 — Brigadier General, Militia

1775 — First South Carolina Provincial Congress
1791–1794 — South Carolina Senate
 
Erected 1976 by the citizens of Marion County as our Bicentennial Tribute. J. Ralph Gasque, Senator; John H. Waller, Jr., Representative; S. Norwood Gasque, Representative.
 
Location. 34° 10.743′ N, 79° 24.004′ W. Marker is in Marion, South Carolina, in Marion County. Marker is on Main Street (Business U.S. 501) near Dozier Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. In the park across from the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Marion SC 29571, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marion County / Marion Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Dead and Living Confederate Soldiers
General Francis Marion Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 26, 2009
2. General Francis Marion
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Town Hall and Opera House (about 500 feet away); Marion Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marion Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marion Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial Triangle (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Marion.
 
Also see . . .
1. Brigadier General Francis Marion, “The Swamp Fox”. “When British forces captured Charleston in 1780, American troops pulled out of South Carolina. Marion, however, stayed and organized a small force of poorly equipped men, training them in guerrilla tactics. Living off the land, Marion and his men harassed British troops by staging small surprise attacks in which they captured small groups of British soldiers, sabotaged communication and supply lines, and rescued American prisoners. After these attacks Marion withdrew his men to swamp country unfamiliar to the British. Colonel Banastre Tarleton, a British commander, gave Marion his nickname
Francis Marion Monument Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 26, 2009
3. Francis Marion Monument
General Marion faces the Marion County courthouse.
when he complained that it was impossible to catch the Ďswamp fox.í Near the end of the war, Marion and American General Nathanael Greene joined forces. In 1781 they successfully fought at the Battle of Eutaw Springs and forced the British retreat to North Carolina.” (Submitted on April 19, 2009.) 

2. Swamp Fox Theme Song. Theme song from the 1959 eight-episode Walt Disney television series starring Leslie Nielsen as Francis Marion. (Submitted on April 19, 2009.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. South Carolina Legislature Concurrent Resolution on the Statue
The following resolution was made in the South Carolina legislature on April 7, 1976:

S*814
Session 101 (1975-1976)

S*0814 Concurrent Resolution, By J.R. Gasque and L. Floyd
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO EXTEND AN INVITATION TO THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND TO THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE TO ATTEND THE CEREMONIES DEDICATING THE STATUE OF GENERAL FRANCIS MARION ON THE COURTHOUSE SQUARE IN THE CITY OF MARION AT 10:30 A.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 1976.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov
    — Submitted January 15, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador.

Close up of the Sculptor's signature in 1975 Photo, Click for full size
By Anna Inbody, August 7, 2011
4. Close up of the Sculptor's signature in 1975
2. Francis Marion statue dedication program 1975

The statue was commissioned by a county statue committee made up of historians, county politicians and concerned citizens. Members included Dr. Robert Bass, Mrs. C.D. Joyner, Jr., B. Pratt Gasque, Millard Osborne and M. Gault Beeson. The sculptor and designer was Ramojus Mozoliauskas and Brown Memorials constructed the statue. George C. Roberts, Jr., history professor at the University of South Carolina, wrote a proclamation for Francis Marion Day which was read as part of the ceremony.

(From a copy of the program for the statue's dedication, April 9, 1976, Dianne Owens, General Francis Marion's Giles Regiment, Britton's Neck Militia Reenactors).
    — Submitted January 24, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador.

 
Categories. War, French and IndianWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,352 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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