Francis Marion

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Francis Marion was born in Berkeley County, South Carolina back in 1732.  When he was 15, he was hired on a ship bound for the West Indies, the ship never made it as it sank, but the crew escaped on a lifeboat.  He began his military career shortly before his 25th birthday to serve in the French and Indian War.

In 1776, the Continental Congress commissioned Francis a captain in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment.  by 1776, he was a lieutenant colonel taking part in the siege of Savannah.  In 1780, he joined Major General Horatio Gates.  Gates sent Francis towards the interior to gather intelligence on the British Army.  The British Army hated Francis (more on that later).  They sent Colonel Banastre Tarleton out to either capture or kill Francis because of his fighting techniques.  It was Tarleton who gave Francis his nickname.  Due to his style of fighting Governor John Rutledge commissioned him a brigadier general in charge of the state’s troops.  He died on his estate in 1795, he was 63.

What you may not know about Francis is that the nickname Tarleton gave him was “The Swamp Fox”, he was known for his irregular methods of warfare, he is considered one of the fathers of modern guerrilla warfare and maneuver warfare.  He is credited in the lineage of U.S. Army Rangers and the 75th Ranger Regiment.

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Comments (22)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - like others, I have missed you and your daily lessons from history.  Thank you for sharing this one which goes beyond my vague memory of "the swamp fox".  Your posts help in the recall process.  

Oct 17, 2021 03:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... you're back! I was about to send out a distress call for you! I'm familiar with this historical figure as about 100 years ago I was engaged to a direct descendant of Francis Marion (and his name was Francis Marion).

Oct 17, 2021 04:45 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Another person that I have never heard of before but more importantly it is good to see you back in the Rain!

Oct 17, 2021 05:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nice to have you back and I am off to a great start remembering "the Swamp Fox"! Hope your batteries are recharged. Enjoy your day.

Oct 17, 2021 05:57 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another great, truly American story. I cannot imagine why we have a political party that wishes to destroy that.

Oct 17, 2021 06:05 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, was wondering where you went, but glad you are back!   Thanks for sharing this interesting story.

Oct 17, 2021 06:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Oct 17, 2021 08:01 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I am so glad you're back!!!!  What an interesting story!! I'd love to read more about his tactics!!! And Nina Hollander, Broker now that's interesting too! Did he talk about him?

Oct 17, 2021 10:16 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... can't remember any conversations about the original Francis Marion. My Francis Marion was the the 5th in an unbroken line.

Oct 17, 2021 12:24 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I will bet there isn't an Army Ranger who doesn't know that story or that nickname.  Very interesting. 

Oct 17, 2021 10:40 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I was about to call you.  I missed my regular history or interesting fact lesson.  Welcome back. A

Oct 17, 2021 10:49 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James Dray as a US Army Ranger and a history buff sadly I was not familiar with him, sorry  Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  I did some research thanks to Mr. Google very interesting and on a side note I never saw the Mel Gibson movie about him either:)Endre

Oct 17, 2021 11:55 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had never heard of this man before but I'll be sure to look him up. Thanks for sharing James Dray 

Oct 17, 2021 03:05 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Glad to see you back in action, James. I actually knew about The Swamp Fox.

Oct 18, 2021 08:21 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello james and thanks for telling us about the Swamp Fox.  I am sure the opposite site did not like him.


Oct 18, 2021 09:32 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Looks like our modern military may owe a great deal to this man

Oct 18, 2021 08:32 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Shout out to the Army Rangers doing the damn thing.... thank you for the education

Oct 19, 2021 09:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I am amazed that Jeff Dowler, CRS  knew of him and he is not even a Ranger:))

Oct 20, 2021 10:53 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

James, I wonder if Francis was the inspiration for the movie "The Patriot"?

Oct 22, 2021 01:16 AM
James Dray

Interesting  Mike, I have no idea

Oct 24, 2021 02:19 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, Francis Marion lived too adventurous and scary a life for  me. Curious what his life was before the age of 15 years.

Oct 27, 2021 05:07 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I remember Francis Marion, aka the Swamp Fox, from my studies in U. S. History.

Dec 14, 2021 10:30 AM