Francis Marion Trail
Discover History Francis Marion
General Francis Marion,
The Swamp Fox -
Rev. War History
This site is Rev. History at www.FrancisMarionTrail.com
and linking site is Murals
Fox Trail, Clarendon County SC
Enacted by the state of South Carolina May 2,
2007: The twenty-seventh day of February
annually is designated
Plan for next year: Feb 22-23, 2013
Best Ever - Videos available: Francis Marion Symposium October 12-13, 2012.
Come to Clarendon County to see
The American Revolution was deadlocked in the north, after the battle at Monmouth Courthouse, NJ, June 28, 1778.
These Swamp Fox engagements were after Charleston fell and the British occupied it starting on May 12, 1780.
Marion had escaped capture and was the only senior Regimental
or Continental Officer free to lead the local militia.
|Battle of Nelson's
Ferry or Great
24, 1780) *C-7 #2 Click for: Map
Directions: Southeast of Summerton, I-95 Exit 102, take Dingle Pond Road (SR 400) east about 4.5 miles. Unmarked site is on Santee Wildlife Refuge, Pine Island Unit, and requires walking.
The stage for this battle was set when the British Lord Cornwallis defeated General Gates in a battle near Camden. De Kalb was killed and about 150 Marylanders were taken prisoner by the British. General Marion was ordered by Gates to roam the Santee burning boats so as to isolate Camden from Charleston. He was successfully engaged in this task when he learned of the defeat at Camden August 16, 1780. He withheld this information from his sixty troops and continued to burn boats. He learned from a deserter that a British Capt. Roberts with an escort of ninety troops was holding the 150 Maryland prisoners at General Sumter’s home, on the north savannah of the Santee River near Nelson’s Ferry. He attacked after dark and killed or captured twenty-three of the escorts and released all the prisoners, most of whom elected not to join Marion's Militia. This is thought to be the first time Cornwallis heard of General Marion.
|General Thomas Sumter's
#2 Click for: Map Directions: I-95
Exit 102, take Dingle Pond Road (SR 400) east approximately
on Santee NW Refuge, Pine Island Unit
General Thomas Sumter's vast land holdings and home were located on a bluff overlooking the Santee Basin about six miles from Nelson's Ferry. This was the 2nd location he lived in and the one used during the Revolution and it was burned by Tarleton. Sumter's first home was 1 mile NW of Eutaw Springs, SW of Nelson's Ferry, and his last holdings were at Stateburg.
Our artist friend, with a passion for General
Francis Marion &
In the darkest
hour of the American Revolution,
Francis Marion stepped forward when others were
giving up. With little but
his passion for liberty and strength
of intellect, he organized a force of patriots
that frustrated British attempts to invade Virginia
thereby setting the stage for the British
defeat at Yorktown. Loved by his followers, respected
by his enemies, he is one of the foremost heroes
of our War for Independence.
Here are the Revolutionary War
happenings around the Santee &
Black Rivers in chronological
of Mouzon's (August
7, 1780) Directions: I-95
Exit 132, Hwy 527, Black River Road, towards
Capt. William Henry Mouzon II was educated in France and spoke the language fluently. He became a surveyor and civil engineer. Henry Mouzon had known Banastre Tarleton from their boyhood days; yet so callous had Tarleton grown from a sense of duty to his King that he burned the Mouzon Plantation House, on August 7, 1780. His daughter Ann recounted the day the British arrived. She was eleven years old and was on top of the smoke house at the time. Ann was the first to see the British coming and sounded the alarm to the rest of the family. The Mouzon home was at Mouzon's Landing, located at Puddin' Swamp on the Black River where Mouzon escaped into the swamp. His home was on the edge of St Marks Parish, when Tarleton’s Green Dragoons burned it. Following this, British Major James Wemyss burned out Patriots & Loyalists alike in a swathe 15 miles wide of the 70 miles route from Kingstree to Cheraw along the Black River in 1780.
|Battle of Nelson's Ferry or Great Savannah (Thursday, August 24, 1780) (top battle above /\)|
Ride to North Carolina
(Sept 8-24, 1780)
Following Marion's victories at Nelson's Ferry and the Blue Savannah the British were angry. Cornwallis ordered available forces, over 1500 men, to go after Marion and his 60 men. Marion, who was guarding Port's Ferry on the Pee Dee expected such a move and sent Major James with a cavalry detachment to snatch a British soldier so they could question him. Thus, Marion learned he was greatly out numbered so he broke camp and moved to the Great White Marsh of North Carolina. On his return he gathered his followers and his first action resulted in the victory over Col. Ball at Black Mingo on September 28th. The Citizen Soldier mural depicts Marion gathering men as he returns from NC. Citizen Soldier Mural at SW corner of Sunset Dr. (US 301) and Mill St. (SC 260), Manning, SC. Mural ©2003
Sept. 28-29, 1780 Marion, back in SC, attacked Col. Ball at Black Mingo, Mouzon was wounded.
Francis Marion and his men needed horses for the way they fought and his guerrilla tactics throughout this Santee & Black River area
It was important for Marion to have a strong horse. Marion found exactly what he needed.
At Black Mingo Creek, in Williamsburg County, just east of Kingstree.
Sept 28-29, 1780 Marion militiamen attacked Col John Cummins Ball, a Tory, & his men at Black Mingo.
He captured Col. Ball's horse & rode him the rest of the war and long after and called him "Ball".
Professor Joe Stukes recounts a horse for Francis Marion:
|Battle of Tearcoat
October 25, 1780)
Directions: I-95, exit 132, South of Turbeville, take Black River Road (SC 527) East to Historic US 301. Go South on US 301, West on N. Brewington Rd (SR 50). The battle area is about .5 mile East of I-95Battle of Tearcoat Mural at corner of Main St. (US 301) and Park St., Turbeville, SC
While billeted near Waccamaw, General Marion learned Colonel Tynes with a party of over ninety Tories passed through Camden where they drew supplies and new muskets. They were now camped at the edge of Tearcoat Swamp, between the two forks of the Black River.
Marion called a muster and with 150 men moved to Kingstree. He then turned west and moved swiftly toward Tearcoat. After scouting the encampment Marion split his force into three companies and attacked at midnight. The attackers killed six, wounded fourteen and captured twenty-three men. They also captured the food, baggage, ammunition, over eighty new muskets and horses with saddles. However, Tynes escaped, but was captured a few days later in the High Hills (near Stateburg). Tearcoat Mural ©2002 Do a treasure hunt to find the historic marker: 33° 48' 51" N 80° 08' 33" W
Confrontation at Richbourg's
(Tuesday, November 7, 1780)
Directions: I-95 Exit 108, from junction of Historic US 301 and US 15 in Summerton go west on Gov. Richardson Road (SR 26). Site is on the Furse Branch just west of Jack’s Creek.
Colonel Banestre Tarleton with the Green Dragoons left Charleston to hunt down General Marion. Tarleton went to the late General Richardson’s home, bivouacked and lit several huge fires. General Marion, attracted by the light, began scouting the area. Mrs. Richardson sent he son Richard to warn Marion. When Marion learned of the ambush Tarleton had prepared he quickly withdrew to the east of Jack’s Creek, most likely to the area near Richbourg's mill and plantation.
Ox Swamp Mural ©2001 General Marion enticing British Col. Tarleton into Ox Swamp Mural in Manning
Upon learning from a Tory spy that General Marion slipped back east of Jack’s Creek, Tarleton gave chase with his Green Dragoons. Marion, staying just ahead of the dragoons, and fighting a series of delaying tactics with his rear guard, rode to the head of Jack’s Creek, Sammy Swamp and then down the Pocotaligo and slipped away into Ox Swamp. Here Tarleton gave up the chase and said “as for the old fox, the devil himself could not catch him.” Thus, General Francis Marion became known as the “Swamp Fox”. Marion and his men continued east to Benbow's Ferry on the Black River where he had established the ambush for the British. Do a treasure hunt to find Ox Swamp: 33° 41' 32" N 80° 12' 03" W
General Richardson Home
Site *C-2 #54 Map
Directions: I-95 Exit 102, north on Historic US 301. At St. Paul turn left/west on Liberty Hill Road (SR 373), turn left on Old River Road (SR 76). Site is most likely on the right near the large tree, one-half mile west of St Phillips Church Road.
This is where Tarleton camped, started on the chase to Ox Swamp and returned to harass the Richardson family. He made Mrs. Dorothy Sinkler Richardson, General Richard Richardson's 2nd wife, prepare dinner for him, then dug up Gen. Richardson’s body, burnt the house and the barn with all the animals in it and finally flogged Mrs. Richardson in front of her children.
Benbow's Ferry Site Directions: East of Manning on SC 261. Left, north, onto S-55 at Martine Crossroads. The ferry was located just east of where the bridge crosses the Black River. Marion positioned his force in an ambush for Tarleton along the approach to the ferry.
of Half Way Swamp
*C-1 #13 Map
Directions: South of Summerton, I-95 Exit 102 north on Historic US 301. At St. Paul turn west on Liberty Hill Road (SR 373), then left onto Old River Road (SR 76). Site is on the left just past Elliott’s Mill Pond and Spring Grove Creek.
Major McLeroth and his British Regular troops met at Nelson’s Ferry recruits for the Royal Fusiliers, who departed Charleston for Camden. McLeroth was to escort them to the High Hills. General Marion with 700 troops intercepted McLeroth’s group and began driving in the pickets. Under a flag of truce McLeroth complained and after they talked, it was decided each side would field twenty men to face off and fight. Major Vanderhorst and the picked twenty decided to wait until they were fifty yards away to fire their buckshot. As they closed to less than 100 yards, the Redcoats broke and ran. During the night the British stole away, leaving their equipment and supplies behind. Marion sent James and his cavalry after them. James fired on the British at Singleton’s Mill but quickly departed the mill area when he learned the Singletons had smallpox. Dec. 26, 1780, Lt. Col. John Watson Tadwell Watson and the British 64th Regiment of Foot troops started building Fort Watson on the Santee Indian Mound.
Do a treasure hunt to find the historic marker: 33° 39' 15" N 80° 29' 43" W
Battle of Fort Watson
27, 1781) #37
Directions: South of Summerton,
I-95 Exit 102. Historic US 301
north, turn west onto Fort Watson Road
(S- 803). Marker at the Visitors Center and
the Indian Mound, site of Fort Watson, is at
the end of the road.
General Thomas Sumter had attacked Fort Watson atop the Indian Mound on February 28, 1781, attempting to take it from the British.
|The next sequence
of events comprise the
Bridges Campaign or Watson Pursuit
|Battle of Wyboo Swamp
March 6, 1781) #22 Map
Directions: I-95 Exit 115. Take Historic US 301 north. Turn south (right) onto SC 260. Turn right on Patriot Road (SR 410). The site is at the end of the road.
Lt. Col. John Watson Tadwell Watson and Colonel Welbore Ellis Doyle were sent to encircle and crush General Marion. Early on March 5, Watson and his Buffs marched from Fort Watson down the Santee Path and bivouacked near Nelson’s Ferry. Marion heard their location from his spy, Capt. Zach Cantey.
His men knew they must fight to prevent the enemy from continuing to overrun their homes and farms. Marion ordered his troops to advance and set up an ambush, at Wyboo Swamp, a difficult pass on the Santee Road. The British marched into view and out rode Watson to survey the scene. Out rode Marion to face his opponent. The quarter mile causeway spanned the muck and morass of Wyboo swamp. Watson, towering and majestically uniformed, sitting a splendid charger and backed by Britain's finest soldiers, opposite the small Huguenot, sitting a sorrel gelding and backed by farmers in homespun.
Watson opened the battle. He sent Col. H Richborg and his Loyalist horsemen thundering over the causeway. Anticipating this, Marion sent Peter Horry and his horsemen to meet them. After a brief skirmish on the narrow roadway, both sides recoiled. Marion again ordered Horry to charge. Watson’s regulars held. A fusillade of grapeshot sent Horry’s cavalry reeling backward.
Battle of Wyboo Swamp Mural (1 of 3 panels), Manning. Wyboo Mural ©2006Watson threw in the Troy dragoons. Gavin James, powerful of frame and fierce of courage, turned back to dispute Harrison’s passage. Mounted on a gray horse and armed only with musket and bayonet, he threw himself directly in the path of the dragoons. Their foremost man he dropped with buckshot. Before he could reload, a dragoon rushed him with his saber. James slew him with his bayonet, and a second with the same bayonet. In falling he seized the barrel of James’ gun and for 50 yards in his retreat Gavin James dragged the dying Tory. As the dragoons crossed the causeway, Marion’s militia charged, driving the Tories back across Wyboo. Watson ordered his Guards to clear the passage. Marion knew his men could not stop the veterans and called them to mount and retreat. Marion withdrew to a position near the John Cantey Plantation.
Do a treasure hunt to find the historic marker: 33° 32' 22" N 80° 13' 04" W
|Mount Hope Harassment
10-28, 1781) *C-29 #24
Directions: South of Manning, south on SC 260, left on Kenwood Road (S-323). Large brick and metal gate on the right, south side, of the road mark John Cantey’s Plantation.
Colonel Watson encamped at the Cantey Plantation on March 9th. He then attempted to join Doyle who was moving from Camden down the Pee Dee north of the Black River. At Mount Hope Swamp Watson met severe harassment from the Swamp Fox and his men. He again met stiff resistance at the Lower Bridge over the Black River and was unable to cross the river to reach Kingstree. He then camped at the Witherspoon and the Blakely plantations but was forced to head for Georgetown. He was ambushed and stopped at Ox Swamp and then made a dash for Georgetown via the Old River Road. When the British reached the Sampit River, General Marion ambushed them. Watson had suffered many casualties at every encounter and leaving his dead where they fell, he arrived at Georgetown with two wagons filled with wounded soldiers.
of Fort Watson
(Monday to Monday,
April 16-23, 1781)
Directions: I-95 Exit 102, South of Summerton. Historic US 301 north, turn west onto Fort Watson Road (S-803). Marker at the Visitors Center and the Indian Mound, site of Fort Watson, is at the end of the road.
Colonel Harry Lee and Lee’s Legion from Virginia had joined General Marion and Marion’s Brigade on the Black River on April 14, 1781. Marion and Lee elected to capture the British fort, built in December 1780, Fort Watson on the Santeeand beside Scott's Lake, to secure the area and to get badly needed supplies. They laid siege to the fort. The cannon never arrived. "Col. Maham contrived to raise a tower of logs, so high that it overtopped the fort." The tower was erected over night after collecting saplings for several days. The use of the tower by the McCottry riflemen at sunrise led to the quick surrender of Fort Watson by Lt. James McKay on the morning of April 23, 1781 and was the final Battle of Fort Watson.
Re-enactment at Santee Indian Mound, Victory at Fort Watson Encampment October, 2003
General Marion's Siege and Victory at Fort Watson, Mural by Will Anderson
Ricky Roberts' model of Fort Watson
and Maham tower
now at the
May 8, 1781 Marion and Lee arrived at Fort Motte.
The Rebecca Motte home was located on the south side of the Congaree River
just west of the Congaree & Wateree joining to form the Santee River.
Marion's militia along with Lee's Legion, laid siege to Fort Motte May 8th, 1781.
They dug trenches to get closer to the home the British had fortified. On May 12 the Patriots asked
& Mrs. Motte agreed, they would set fire to the house. A bow & arrows or pitch balls were used
to set the wood shingles on the roof on fire. As the roof started to burn the British surrendered &
both groups worked to put it out. That evening Mrs. Motte had dinner cooked for the officers from both sides.
While eating, Gen. Marion was told some of Lee's men were hanging the British prisoners.
Marion immediately stopped this action & protected the prisoners.
May 12, 1781 Patriots, led by Francis Marion and Henry Lee,
captured the British post known as Fort Motte (at Rebecca Motte’s Mount Joseph plantation).
Fort Motte was another of the British outposts guarding CharlesTown.
General Francis Marion in
St. Marks Parish, now Clarendon County,
is in the Continental uniform
These Swamp Fox engagements were after Charleston fell and the British occupied it starting on May 12, 1780. Marion had escaped capture and was the only senior Regimental or Continental Officer free to lead the local militia. Do a treasure hunt to find the statue: 33° 41' 42" N 80° 12' 44" W
First South Carolina Flag
British held Fort Johnson, built on James Island in 1747 to protect Charlestown, was attacked by
South Carolina patriots in 1775. Lt Col Motte’s unit finally reached Fort Johnson the morning of 14 Sept 1775, but found it abandoned. The Patriots quickly prepared to defend the fort. Col Moultrie asked the Council of Safety what flag should be flown over the fort. The Council said to make one. Col Moultrie wrote that, “I was desired by the council of safety to have one made, upon which, as the state troops were clothed in blue, and the fort was garrisoned by the 1st and 2nd regiments, who wore a silver crescent on the front of their caps, I had a large blue flag made with a crescent to be in uniform with the troops.”
Fort Sullivan, “Palmetto Fort”, June 28, 1776
To increase the security of the Charlestown harbor, in February 1776, the Council of Safety of South Carolina directed Colonel Moultrie to build a for on Sullivan’s Island. On the morning of June 28th the British fleet was positioned to attack the fort that was only about half finished. The fort was being built using palmetto trees and sand. Many people thought the palmetto logs were not suitable to withstand an attack. At about 11:00 o’clock in the morning Commodore Parker signaled the British ships to start firing their cannons at the fort. Some of the shells were 13 inches in diameter. The ships came as close as 400 yards (4 football field lengths) from the fort as they attacked. The palmetto logs stopped the British cannon balls. The British sailed away after they lost several ships and many sailors were killed and wounded.
General Richardson, Richardson Cemetery
and St Mark's Parish Church *C-2 #54 Map
Directions: I-95 Exit 102 north on Historic US 301. At St. Paul turn west on SR 373, then left onto SR 76. Site is on the left just past Richardson Branch.
Richard Richardson had come from
Virginia as a land surveyor in the
1750’s; he was granted 1,000 acres
in Craven County in St. Mark's
Parish on the north side of the
Santee River & acquired many more.
He was a colonel of militia in1757 &
he was in the Cherokee War of
1760-1761 and the Snow Campaign, the
winter 1775-1776. He was taken
prisoner when Charlestown was
Do a treasure hunt to find the cemetery: 33° 38' 14" N 80° 29' 28" W
Francis Marion and the Sweet Potato Story
Francis Marion was in his camp near Snow Island on the Pee Dee River with his Militiamen. A British officer visited with Marion under a flag of truce to negotiate an exchange of prisoners. Marion offered him a meal consisting of sweet potatoes cooked in the ashes of the campfire and water to drink. The British officer returned to Charlestown and refused to fight against an enemy ( the Patriots) as dedicated as Francis Marion, "who ate roots cooked in a fire and drank nothing but water from the swamp."
There are about 12 different paintings that depict this event. All these paintings or etchings were done after General Marion died.
Eutaw Springs Battle was Saturday, September 8, 1781. #44 Map
Directions: I-95 Exit 98 east on SC 6 to Eutaw Springs.
The Battle of Eutaw Springs was the last large battle fought in the campaign to end British occupation of the Carolinas and Georgia. On September 8, 1781, Major General Nathanael Greene's Continental Army accompanied by militia attacked the British Army under the command of Lt. Col. Alexander Stewart at Eutaw Springs. Over 4000 men fought for more than 4 hours in the stifling heat. It was the bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War and soldiers reported wading through puddles of blood on the field and men were standing, dead, impaled on each other's bayonets. When the carnage was over, the British evacuated the area and moved to Chaleston Neck. Five weeks later, when the British surrendered at Yorktown, they had no claim to the Carolinas and Georgia. The Battle of Eutaw Springs had ended British control. (from Christine Swager: "The Valiant Died")
Do a treasure hunt to find the battlefield: 33° 24' 26" N 80° 17' 55" W
Francis Marion's Tomb is a SC State Site near Pineville: 33° 27' 14" N 80° 05' 14" W
Directions: South of Manning, I-95 Exit 119 east on SC 261, south on SC 260, east on Kenwood Road (S-323). Large brick and metal gate on the right, south side, of the road mark Plantation.
John Cantey’s home was about halfway between Nelson’s Ferry and Murray’s Ferry. Gen. Marion was staying here when he learned that General Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Joseph Cantey, John’s father, purchased the Mount Hope Plantation about 1739. It was located east of John’s near the present Cantey Cemetery.
Nov. 10, 1781, Saturday, Celebration party at John Cantey’s: “a fine party for the ladies of Santee”
Revolutionary War Locations in Clarendon County Area
Swamp Fox Map
in the Life of Francis Marion and the
Revolution in SC:
** Battles or skirmishes Marion engaged in **
Winter 1732 Marion was born in the Low Country of South Carolina, youngest of six.
1738 (c) Family moved to Winyah Bay close to Georgetown.
1747 (c) Francis went to sea. Disaster changed his mind about a career at sea.
1750 (c) Francis Marion's father died and Francis, unmarried, managed farm.
**1756 Francis and brother, Gabriel, enlisted to fight Indians. Indian fighter to 1761
1773 Francis purchased land on the Santee, 4 miles below Eutaw Springs.
April 19, 1775 Battles at Lexington and Concord, MA
May 1775 Marion learned of the struggle in New England and went to Charleston to Enlist, Commissioned as Captain on June 21, 1775, in SC Regiment.
June 18, 1776 South Carolina Regiments incorporated into Continental Army.
**June 28, 1776 British attack Sullivan's Island from the sea. Marion commanded the guns at the fort. (Now Fort Moultrie)
--- South Carolina troops serve in SC and GA. Most action is in New England
Summer 1779 Lord Cornwallis has orders from London for the Southern Campaign.
**October 9, 1779 Attempt to retake Savannah from British. Marion was involved
January 20, 1780 Marion, now a Lt. Col., commands the 2nd SC Regt.
March 19, 1780 Marion at a party at Tradd St. Jumped out window and broke leg or ankle. Evacuated from the besieged Charleston which fell May 12, 1780.
August 16, 1780 Camden fell, Cornwallis defeated Gates
**August 17, 1780 Marion (age 48) assumed command of the Williamsburg Militia; controlled Santee River traffic, boats destroyed
**August 24, 1780 Nelson's Ferry (Great Savannah), Santee River, Marion attacked British Soldiers conveying prisoners to Charleston.
**September 4, 1780 Blue Savannah, Marion ambushed Tories under Micah Ganey. Wemyss's Campaign of Terror. Marion at Great White Swamp (Waccamaw) in NC.
**Sept 7, 1780 Kingstree – Marion's Militia snatched Brit for interrogation
**Sept. 28-29, 1780 Marion, back in SC, attacked Col. Ball at Black Mingo, Mouzon wounded.
October 7, 1780 Battle at King's Mountain. (Marion not involved)
**October 25, 1780 Marion attacked Brits at Tearcoat Swamp, Black River, during the night.
**November 7, 1780 Confrontation at Richbourg’s Mill & Gen.Richardson’s Plantation/Big Home
**November 8, 1780 Jack’s Creek to Ox Swamp Chase, Marion became known as the “Swamp Fox”
**Nov. 15, 1780 Marion at White’s Plantation & Pen’s Plantation
Dec. 2, 1780 Greene took command from Gates
**Dec. 5, 1780 Tory Tavern
**Dec. 12, 13, 1780 Marion at Halfway Swamp near Santee River, and Singleton's Mill.
Dec. 16, 17, 1780 Reconnoitered Camden Outposts, Santee Road Recon/Interdiction
Dec. 28, 30, 1780 Camp near Georgetown, Chased Rangers from Williamsburg to Georgetown
January 14, 1781 Waccamaw
January 17, 1781 Battle of Cowpens, Morgan defeated Tarleton. (Marion not involved)
**January 25, 1781 Marion at Georgetown with Lee.
**January 29, 1781 Raided Moncks Corner & Congaree
**March 6-28, 1781 Marion at Wiboo Swamp, Mount Hope Swamp, Lower Bridge of the Black River at Kingstree and Sampit Bridge.
**April 15-23, 1781 Marion and Lee Siege of Fort Watson, Ft. fell with Maham Tower, Santee River
**May 12, 1781 Marion and Lee capture Fort Motte
**May 28, 1781 Georgetown
**June 6, 1781 British evacuate Georgetown.
July 8, 1781 Moncks Corner & Orangeburg
**July 17, 1781 Marion and Lee at Quinby Bridge & Shubrick’s Plantation
August 4, 1781 Col. Isaac Hayne is hanged in Charleston.
**August 13, 1781 Marion ambushes Fraser and his Loyal SC Dragoons at Parker's Ferry Causeway
**Sept. 8, 1781 Battle of Eutaw Springs on Santee River
**Sept. 20, 1781 Port’s Ferry on Pee Dee River
October 19, 1781 Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown
Nov. 9, 1781 Marion learns of Cornwallis surrendered
Nov. 10, 1781 Celebration party at John Cantey’s: “a fine party for the ladies of Santee”
**February 24, 1782 Two encounters with Loyalist cavalry. Tydiman Plantation Skirmish w/foragers
**August 29, 1782 Fair Lawn Skirmish, Marion encounters Fraser and is forced to retreat
December 14, 1782 British evacuated Charleston. Militia not allowed to participate and had been disbanded. Marion has returned to his home at Pond Bluff
April 20, 1786 Marion (age 53) married to Mary Esther Videau
Feb. 27, 1795 Francis Marion died at his home at Pond Bluff, area presently under Lake Marion and he is buried at Belle Isle, his nephew Job's estate.
Extensive research & the Paper: Francis Marion: Stranger Than
Marker at Marion's tomb at Pineville, SC.
Choke points on the Santee River & Black River where Marion cut the British supply lines.
Battle of Nelson's Ferry or Battle of Great Savannah (August 20, 1780) *C-7 SF
Battle of Tearcoat (October 25, 1780) *C-27 SF
Confrontation at Richbourg's Mill (November 7, 1780) *C-6 SF
Chase to Ox Swamp (November 8, 1780) *C-25 SF
Battle of Half Way Swamp (December 17, 1780) *C-1 SF
Battle of Wyboo Swamp (March 6, 1781) *C-28 SF
Mount Hope Harassment (March 10-28, 1781) *C-29 SF
Siege of Fort Watson (April 16, 1781) *C-3 SF
Richardson Home Site & Cemetery (November 8, 1780) *C-2 SF
General Thomas Sumter's Plantation (November, 1780) *C-7 SF
John Cantey Plantation Site ( 1781) SF
Note: *C #s are Historical
Tour Guide Map Signs
Note: Researched information from works of:
Lucien Agniel, Rebels Victorious: The American Revolution in the South, 1972
Swamp Fox: Lessons in Leadership from the Partisan Campaigns of Francis
Lawrence E. Babits, A
of a Whipping, 1998
Robert D. Bass, The Green Dragoon, 1973
M. C. Beckham,
Colonial Spy, 2005
Douglas H. Bennett, Trail of
Angel in the Whirlwind, 1997
William Willis Boddie, Traditions
of the Swamp Fox, 2000
Melissa L. Bohrer, Glory,
and Principle, 2003
John Buchanan, The Road To Guilford Courthouse, 1997
The Road to Valley Forge,
Jimmy Carter, The Hornet’s
Donald Barr Chidsey, The
War in the South the Carolinas and Georgia in
the American Revolution, 1969
Henry Clinton, The American Rebellion,
Suzanne E. Coffman, et al.,
- Three Hundred Years
H. S. Commager & R. B. Morris, The
of Seventy-Six, 1995
Kay Cornelius, Francis
Joann Conrad Dohla, A Hessian
Diary of the American Revolution, Burgoyne,
Walter Edgar, Partisans & Redcoats, 2001
South Carolina History,
Leland G. Ferguson, Archeology
at Scott’s Lake, 1975
Fleming, Liberty! The American Revolution,
Walter J. Fraser, Jr., Patriots, Pistols
and Petticoats, 1976
Noel B. Gerson, The Swamp
Robert Wilson Gibbes,
Documentary History of the American Revolution,
John W. Gordon, South
Carolina and the American Revolution,
Grafton, The American Revolution,
Jack P. Greene, A Companion to
the American Revolution,
Anne King Gregorie, Thomas
Sumter, R. L. Bryan, 1931
B. Griffith, Mao Tse-Tung On Guerrilla
The War of American Independence,
Alexia Jones Helsley,
South Carolinians In The War
For Am. Independence, 2000
Stewart H. Holbrook, The Swamp
Fox of the Revolution, 1959
John Milton Hutchins,
Massacre at Old Tappan,
Wm. Dobein James, A Sketch of
the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
Jones, The 1780 Siege of Charleston,
The SC Historical Magazine, 1987
C. Brian Kelly, American Revolution,
Roger Lamb/Dan N. Hagist, A British
Bruce Lancaster, The American Revolution, 2001
A New Voyage to Carolina,
1709, reprint 1967
Henry Lee, Jr., The Campaign of 1781 in the Carolinas, 1824
Terry W. Lipscomb,
Benson J. Lossing, The Pictorial
Book of the Revolution,
Gregory D. Massey,
John Laurens and the American
David B. Mattern, Benjamin Lincoln
American Revolution, 1995
Bill Mauldin, Mud & Guts,
Lee F. McGee,
European Influences on Continental
Hugh M. McLaurin, III, The Swamp Fox, 1988
Soldiers and Uniforms, SC Military
Dan L. Morrill, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, 1993
Yorktown 1781, 2004
G. Moss & Michael C. Scoggins, African-American
in the Southern Campaign
Memoirs of the American Revolution,
National Geographic Society, America’s
Cassie Nicholes, Historical Sketches
of Sumter County,
Patrick O’Kelley, Nothing
but Blood & Slaughter-Rev. War in the Carolinas,
Vols. 1 & 2, 2004
Patrick O’Kelley, Unwaried
Patience and Fortitude,
Francis Marion's Orderly Books, 2007
John S. Pancake, This Destructive War, 1985
Pearfon, Those Damned Rebels, 1972
Hugh F. Rankin, Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox, 1973
Hugh F. Rankin,
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