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General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion Marker
Poorly proofread, with errors of sentence structure.
Inscription. Francis Marion was born in 1732 on his familyís plantation in St. Johnís parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina. Marion became famous for his highly effective use of guerilla warfare and he served as a model for the future United States Army Rangers. Marion started his military career in the French and Indian Wars fighting against the Cherokee Nation. He was active in fighting the British during the Revolutionary War and acquired his nickname the ĎSwamp Fox” because of his expert use of irregular fighting. Marion led three regiments of horse cavalry during the war. The Swamp Foxís men wore scarlet uniforms with silver pins in their hats inscribed with the motto “Liberty or Death”.

Early in the Revolutionary War, Marion took part in operations to capture British occupied Charlestown and Savannah. Against superior British forces, the Americans failed to take the cities. Frustrated, Marion for independence. (sic) Marion used mounted attacks throughout South Carolina, even after American conventional forces left the region. Their operations of “hit and run” tactics against occupation forces that angered Marionís foes and the use of bases in swamps he successfully attacked British garrisons and disrupted their operations. (sic) After fighting the British, The South Carolinian irregulars would return to their

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By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
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farms and homes. English commanders became irritated at their inability to defeat Marionís men. One of Francis Marionís greatest victories was his capture of Georgetown, South Carolina in 1781. Georgetown was one of four major garrisons occupied by the British in South Carolina. Francis Marion has become a legend of the Revolutionary War for his ability to elude and strike his opponents at will. Marionís force tied down English troops in the South where they were no threat to General George Washington in the North.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.283′ N, 77° 9.518′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant Colonel William Orlando Darby (here, next to this marker); Colonel Robert W. Black (a few steps from this marker); Specialist Fourth Class Robert D. Law (a few steps from this marker); A Century of Protection (within shouting distance of this marker); Pine Cottage (within
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By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
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The illustration actually depicts a well-known incident where, under a flag of truce, Marion served a meal of roasted sweet potatoes to his enemy, Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton.
shouting distance of this marker); Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Cabins (within shouting distance of this marker); Stations Upon the Road (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, French and IndianWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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