Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Feb 26: Birth Of An American Hero

On this day in 1732, American Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion was born at his family's plantation in South Carolina. First a lieutenant colonel in Continental Army and later a brigadier general in the South Carolina Militia, Marion was nicknamed "Swamp Fox" for his unique guerrilla tactics against the British.
His elusive and crafty exploits became the inspiration for a television mini-series produced by Walt Disney between 1959-1961. The Swamp Fox starred Leslie Nielsen as Francis Marion and aired as part of the Disney anthology series.
Francis Marion is today considered the father of modern guerrilla warfare.

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