When Francis Marion was 15 years old he went aboard a schooner headed ofr the West Indies. On his way back a whale struck the ship and him and many others were forced to get on a life boat and try to reach land. It took them seven days to finally reach land.
Accomplishments and effects
Almost on his 25th birthday Francis Marion was drafted to fight indians, in what would be called the French and Indian war. He learned many things from the Cherokee, but most important would be the tactic of hiding. they would dress like the land and attack the enemy when they least expected it. And Marion would later use that in war aginst the British to help America become it's own nation.
Swamp fox vs Lieutenant Tarleton
Marion was given a regiment and assigned to build a fort as what it would later be known as Fort Sullivan. That was his first assignment ever in the revolutionary war. Marion would later become injured when he was at a party and wanted to leave, but the owner locked the door. So Marion decided to jump out a second story window, when he reached the ground the impact made him break his ankle.
Battle of Camden
Some of his accomplishments during the war include helping in winning the war for America by using a new tactic called guerilla warfare. He affected the way wars were fought, they moved on from being out in a open field side by side to attacking the enemy when they least expected it without losing many troops.
This chase down came about when the British men could no longer take Marion. They sent Lieutenant Tarleton to track him down. This chase went along for 26 miles before the Lieutenant declared that not even the devil could catch that man.
Marion was assigned to head the Williamsburg militia, so he missed the battle of Camden. He would go on to lead the militia to many key battle victories, he barely ever fought the enemy head on and used his stealthiness to gain the name the "Swamp Fox".