The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution

The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution

by John Oller


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The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution by John Oller

Like the Robin Hood of legend, Francis Marion--the "Swamp Fox"--and his men attacked from secret hideaways before melting back into the forest or swamp, confounding the British. Although Marion bore little resemblance to the fictionalized portrayals in television and film, his exploits were no less heroic, as he and his band of militia freedom fighters kept hopes alive for the patriot cause and helped win the American Revolution.

In The Swamp Fox, John Oller compiles striking evidence and brings together much recent learning to provide a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306903199
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 54,642
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John Oller, a lawyer and journalist, is the author of the critically acclaimed biographies of actress Jean Arthur and Kate Chase Sprague, Mary Todd Lincoln's great rival. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Author's Note x

Prologue: The Darkest Hour 3

1 A Most Uncivil War 11

2 "A Spirit of Toleration" 18

3 Frontier Lessons 24

4 Manning the Ramparts 33

5 Commander of the 2nd Regiment 43

6 Birth of a Partisan 54

7 Hitting and Running 58

8 "My Little Excursions" 67

9 Dead Man's Hand 77

10 The Swamp Fox 82

11 "I Must Drive Marion Out of That Country" 90

12 "I Have Not the Honor of Your Acquaintance" 100

13 "Two Very Enterprising Officers" 109

14 Hound and Fox 122

15 Fox and Hound 135

16 "A War of Posts" 144

17 Ball of Fire 153

18 Winning by Losing 161

19 Dog Days 168

20 "The Most Galling Fire" 178

21 "At Eutaw Springs the Valiant Died" 186

22 "Watchful Anxiety" 200

23 "As Soon as They Can Spare Me" 212

24 "To Prevent the Effusion of Blood" 220

25 "An Affectionate Farewell" 230

26 "The Purest Patriotism" 237

Acknowledgments 249

Abbreviations 253

Notes 257

Selected Bibliography 339

Index 353

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The Swamp Fox is a richly detailed account of our American history that gives us an alluring look at Francis Marion's contribution to the outcome of the Revolution. The book brings to life a true hero of that era with well researched, captivating information. Highly recommended for lovers of history and anyone intrigued by the story of a man who directly impacted our country's destiny.