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Near Pineville in Berkeley County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Elusive Francis Marion: Guerrilla Commander

 
 
The Elusive Francis Marion: Guerrilla Commander Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, March 24, 2012
1. The Elusive Francis Marion: Guerrilla Commander Marker
Inscription. Disastrous American defeats during the Revolutionary War at Charleston and Camden in the summer of 1780 led many South Carolinians to give up the fight for independence. But Francis Marion carried on the struggle, waging a guerrilla war in the forest and swamps of the Lowcountry with a varying number of poorly equipped volunteer soldiers.

For more than two years Marion and his brigade attacked enemy columns, captured isolated outposts, and fought alongside American forces in pitched battles. His stubborn resistance to the British helped secure victory. His generous treatment of former Loyalists after the bitter war helped ensure peace.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 27.245′ N, 80° 5.2′ W. Marker is near 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Elusive Francis Marion: The Stuff of Legend (within shouting distance of this marker);
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, March 24, 2012
2. Overview
The marker can be seen to the right and slightly behind the State Roadside Marker.
Francis Marionís Grave (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. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pineville.
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Map on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, March 24, 2012
3. Map on the marker
A partisan leader's far-flung territory: Maneuvering on horseback, often at night, combined with an intimate knowledge of the countryside let Marion and his brigade quickly cover long distances and elude pursuit.
Picture on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, March 24, 2012
4. Picture on the marker
No contemporary artist ever painted a portrait of Marion, but this 19th century engraving comes close to the description written by William Dobein James, a teenage soldier in his brigade:

"He was rather below the middle stature of men, lean and swarthy. His body was well set but his knees and ankles were badly formed; and he still limped upon one leg. He had a countenance remarkably steady; his nose was aquiline, his chin projecting; his forehead large and high, and his eyes black and piercing. He was now forty-eight years of age, but still even at this age, his frame was capable of enduring fatigue and every privation, necessary for a partisan."
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 603 times since then and 42 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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