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The Life of Francis Marion   By: (1806-1870)

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The Life of Francis Marion by William Gilmore Simms is a captivating and insightful historical account that sheds light on the incredible life of one of America's forgotten heroes. Simms paints a vivid picture of Francis Marion, revealing his courage, resilience, and strategic brilliance during the American Revolution.

From the very first page, Simms brings Marion's fascinating story to life. The author's meticulous research is evident, as he delves into the details of Marion's childhood, his early military experiences, and his eventual rise to become one of the most respected and feared guerilla leaders of his time. Simms masterfully weaves together historical documentation and lively narrative to create a compelling and informative read.

What sets this biography apart is Simms' ability to delve into the complexities of Marion's character. Rather than presenting Marion as a one-dimensional hero, the author explores his flaws, doubts, and personal struggles. This nuanced portrayal humanizes Marion, allowing readers to relate to him on a deeply emotional level.

The book not only delves into Marion's military exploits but also provides valuable insights into the social and political climate of the era. Simms expertly contextualizes Marion's actions within the larger framework of the American Revolution, highlighting the challenges faced by the American colonies and the pivotal role Marion played in securing their independence.

Furthermore, Simms' prose is engaging and evocative, making each page a pleasure to read. His vivid descriptions transport readers to the battlefields, the swamps, and the forests where Marion and his men waged their unconventional warfare against the British. Simms' attention to detail is commendable, as he brings the sights, sounds, and smells of the era to life.

While the book is undoubtedly a treasure trove of information, it may at times overwhelm readers with its extensive scope. Simms leaves no stone unturned when discussing Marion's life, and while this level of detail is commendable, those seeking a concise and streamlined narrative may find themselves getting lost in the sheer amount of information presented.

In conclusion, The Life of Francis Marion by William Gilmore Simms is a must-read for history enthusiasts, offering a well-researched and engaging account of an important figure in American history. Simms' ability to humanize Marion and situate his story within the broader historical context sets this biography apart. Despite its occasionally overwhelming level of detail, this book is an enriching and enlightening read that will leave readers with a newfound appreciation for the forgotten heroics of Francis Marion.

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By W. Gilmore Simms

Author of "Yemassee", "History of South Carolina", etc.

"The British soldier trembles When Marion's name is told." Bryant.

[Note on text: Italicized words or phrases are capitalized. Some obvious errors have been corrected.]

[William Gilmore Simms, American (South Carolinian) Writer. 1806 1870.]


Chapter 1. Introduction The Huguenots in South Carolina.

Chapter 2. The Marion Family Birth of Francis Marion His Youth Shipwreck.

Chapter 3. Marion a Farmer Volunteers in the Cherokee Campaign.

Chapter 4. Cherokee War continues Marion leads the Forlorn Hope at the Battle of Etchoee.

Chapter 5. Marion is returned for the Provincial Congress from St. John's, Berkeley Made Captain in the Second Regiment Fort Johnson taken Battle of Fort Moultrie.

Chapter 6. From the Battle of Fort Moultrie to that of Savannah Anecdote of Jasper His Death.

Chapter 7. From the Battle of Savannah to the Defeat of Gates at Camden.

Chapter 8. Organization of "Marion's Brigade" Surprise of Tories under Gainey Defeat of Barfield Capture of British Guard with Prisoners at Nelson's Ferry... Continue reading book >>

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