South Carolina Hall Of Fame: Gen. Francis Marion

Gen. Francis Marion

Born-(Died): 1732-1795
Profession: Revolutionary War
Inducted: 1975

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Born in Berkeley County in 1732, Francis Marion's first military experience was in the French and Indian War (1757-1763). Until the fall of Charleston in 1780 Marion served in the Second Regiment, South Carolina Line Continental Establishment. Retreating to the swamps in the lowcountry, Marion organized bands of guerilla soldiers whose hit-and-run tactics harassed the occupying British forces for the remainder of the Revolutionary War. Nicknamed "The Swamp Fox," Marion's tactics were a major reason the British southern strategy failed, leading to their ultimate surrender at Yorktown.