In early 1781, Marion and his men were camping on Snow's Island, South Carolina, when a British officer arrived to discuss a prisoner exchange. A breakfast of sweet potatoes was roasting in the fire, and after the negotiations, Marion, invited the British soldier to share the humble breakfast.
According to legend, the British officer was so inspired by the Americans' devotion to their cause—despite their lack of adequate provisions, supplies or even proper uniforms—that he promptly switched sides and supported American independence.
Marion's exploits inspired many stories and legends, including a television series and a movie. He was not perfect; few men are. But he was one of the first American heroes.