Marion in Marion County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Swamp Fox
1759 — French and Indian War
1761 — Cherokee Uprising
1775 — Captain, 2nd S. C. Regiment
1775 — Commander, Fort Dorchester
1776 — Major, Battle of Sullivan’s 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, French and Indian • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1780.
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 Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marion SC 29571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 (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); Naval Gun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marion County Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marion Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marion Depot (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 when he complained (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.)
1. South Carolina Legislature Concurrent Resolution on the Statue
The following resolution was made in the South Carolina legislature on April 7, 1976:
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.
— Submitted January 15, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.
2. Francis Marion statue
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 Accra, Ghana.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,724 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on February 18, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.