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A Sketch of the life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion and a history of his brigade   By: (1764-1838)

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A Sketch of the life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion and a history of his brigade by William Dobein James is a commendable historical account that sheds light on the life and achievements of one of America's unsung Revolutionary War heroes.

Taking readers on an immersive journey, James meticulously outlines the extraordinary life of Brigadier General Francis Marion, a figure often overlooked in traditional histories of the American Revolution. Through thorough research and attention to detail, James presents a comprehensive and gripping biography that revives the memory of this legendary figure.

The book provides a fascinating insight into Marion's early life, tracing his humble beginnings in rural South Carolina to the pivotal role he played in the war for American independence. James paints a vivid portrait of Marion, highlighting his resourcefulness, strategic brilliance, and unwavering dedication to the cause.

Marvelously delving into the tactics and strategies employed by Marion, the author captivates readers with vivid descriptions of skirmishes, guerrilla warfare, and Marion's ingenious use of the local terrain to outwit his British adversaries. James successfully transports readers to the heart of the war, making them feel as though they are alongside Marion, partaking in his daring exploits.

What sets this book apart is not only its detailed account of Marion's life but the inclusion of a comprehensive history of his brigade. James skillfully contextualizes Marion's accomplishments within the larger scope of the war, effectively demonstrating the lasting impact of his leadership. By offering insights into the actions and contributions of Marion's men, James demonstrates the vital role played by these unsung heroes, often overshadowed by more prominent figures of the revolution.

While James's writing can be incredibly detailed, occasionally the pace may slow down due to the abundance of facts and descriptions. However, this meticulousness is a testament to the author's commitment to presenting an accurate and engrossing account of Marion's life. Though some readers may find themselves longing for a more streamlined narrative, the wealth of historical content and rare insights compensates for any minor pacing issues.

Overall, A Sketch of the life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion and a history of his brigade by William Dobein James is a remarkable and informative work of historical non-fiction. It brings to life the indomitable spirit of Francis Marion and his contribution to the American Revolution, shedding light on a lesser-known hero in a captivating and engaging manner. History enthusiasts and fans of American Revolutionary War literature will undoubtedly find this book a valuable addition to their collection.

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And A History of his Brigade,

From its Rise in June, 1780, until Disbanded in December, 1782;

With Descriptions of Characters and Scenes, not heretofore published.

Containing also, An Appendix, with Copies of Letters which passed between several of the Leading Characters of that Day; Principally From Gen. Greene to Gen. Marion.

By William Dobein James, A.M.

During that Period one of Marion's Militia.

At Present one of the Associate Judges in Equity, South Carolina.

Quae contentio, divina et humana cuncta perniscuit, eoque vecordiae processit uti civilibus studiis bellum finem faceret. Sall.

Transcriber's Note on text: Some obvious errors have been corrected. Some spellings are modernized. See notes at end of etext for additional explanations.

District of South Carolina.

L. S. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the fifth day of April, Anno Domini, one thousand eight hundred and twenty one, and in the forty fifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, the Honourable WILLIAM DOBEIN JAMES, deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author and proprietor, in the words following, TO WIT:

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