Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox boasts sixty colorful pages of South Carolina Revolutionary War history. It explores the life of South Carolina native, Francis Marion, and the tremendous impact he had on the course of the war.
Starting with his role in the Indian War against the Cherokee and the famous June 28, 1776 battle at Fort Sullivan in which the British Fleet was defeated, the story moves from the fall of Charleston in May, 1780 and continues with Marion forming his band of militia fighters in the Santee River Swamp.
Of particular interest to young readers is the relationship with his Brigade’s men – mostly farmers – white, black and Native Americans. Also, his involvement with other Patriot leaders, such as Thomas Sumter, Gen. Nathanael Greene and Virginia Cavalry Commander, ‘Light Horse’ Harry Lee is captured in the story.
Marion’s successful guerrilla campaign of ambushes, hit-and-run attacks and supply line disruptions made life difficult for the British and their Loyalist allies, the Tories. To a great degree, the Swamp Fox and his Brigade, along with other Partisans, prevented the British from moving quickly through South Carolina and the other southern colonies, allowing time for George Washington and his Continental Army to strengthen for the final battle at Yorktown.
--------- In putting together Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox, Kate Salley Palmer gathered her information from a number of sources listed in the bibliography in the back of the book. There is also a glossary and a list of important names who played significant roles in the Revolution in South Carolina. Kate’s son, James Palmer, who did the vivid illustrations on his computer, illustrated a documentary for SC ETV in 2005 entitled, Chasing the Swamp Fox. In doing research for the documentary, James visited many Revolutionary War sites where Marion either camped or fought in the South Carolina Low Country. He also read the same books as Kate, so he had a great amount of information from which to base his artwork.
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