Friday, February 22, 2013

Day 28, February 22

Francis Marion, The Swamp Fox, used his experiences in the French and Indian War in the War for Independence as he fought the British.. The "guerilla" tactics served him and his men well as, like the Cherokee, they used the landscape to their advantage, concealing themselves in the Carolina backwoods where they mounted devastating ambushes.

After the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, the Provincial Congress voted to raise three regiments, commissioning Marion a captain in the second. His first assignments involved guarding artillery and building Fort Sullivan, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. When he saw combat during the Battle of Fort Sullivan in June 1776, Marion fought valiantly.

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