The Swamp Fox: Francis Marion’s Campaign in the

The Swamp Fox: Francis Marion’s Campaign in the Carolinas 1780 [PDF] ✩ The Swamp Fox: Francis Marion’s Campaign in the Carolinas 1780 ❤ David R. Higgins – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Opposed by Bloody Tarleton s Raiders, American Revolution patriots under Francis Marion fought a brutal guerrilla war throughout South Carolina and North CarolinaThe American Revolution was deadlocked Opposed by Bloody Tarleton Fox: Francis eBook ↠ s Raiders, American Revolution patriots under Francis Marion fought a brutal guerrilla war throughout South Carolina and North CarolinaThe American Revolution was deadlocked in The Swamp PDF \ the north, and after the battle at Monmouth Courthouse inthe focus of the conflict shifted south Following up on his decisive May ,victory at Charleston, South Carolina, Cornwallis launched Swamp Fox: Francis Kindle Ñ a campaign through the Carolinas that was designed to expel American Continental and militia forces from the southern theater With a second British victory at Camden in August, conventional American forces adopted a policy of avoiding another large battle in favor of smaller, limited operations As regular forces were constrained by traditional logistics and organization, soldiers like Francis Marion were able to inflict numerous raids and skirmishes against British and Loyalist forces, after which they would dissolve to form and fight at a later time Cornwallis subsequently directed contingents to secure the countryside and capture such leaders, but the Patriot victory at King s Mountain October , forced him to withdraw into South Carolina in what was one of the turning points in the Revolutionary WarTo the southeast, Francis Marion continued his hit and run operations in which his band rescued American prisoners at Nelson s Ferry, dispersed Loyalist forces at Blue Savannah September , and defeated a British outpost at Black Mingo September When Marion defeated Loyalist militia at Tearcoat Swamp in October, Cornwallis responded to this string of raids across northeastern South Carolina by assigning his aggressive cavalry commander, Banastre Tarleton, to capture or kill the rebel guerrilla commander What followed was an unsuccessful two week pursuit of the elusive Marion, in which Tarleton practiced a scorched earth policy that ultimately disillusioned Loyalist sympathizers and hurt the British cause in the CarolinasUnlike much of the Revolutionary War in the north, the fighting in the Carolinas was generally less civilized and brutal, with Loyalists and Rebels in roughly equal numbers Except for Cornwallis British regulars and Greene s Continental army, militias and irregular forces were the norm A Raid book covering the Marion Tarleton British struggle would be used to showcase this style of frontier warfare, and how its combatants were supplied, organized, and operated Although not a single, defined raid, the series of actions between August and Novemberillustrate Marion s unconventional, yet successful, efforts to hinder their enemy s war effort in the south, and Tarleton s equally irregular efforts to counter it.


10 thoughts on “The Swamp Fox: Francis Marion’s Campaign in the Carolinas 1780

  1. Steve Steve says:

    In some respects this book deserves a higher rating, covering the guerrilla war in South Carolina in some detail, but the small scale of the campaign makes it hard to grasp obscure geographic locations for those unfamiliar with South Carolina and which side Militia units and commanders are on for those not well researched on the southern campaign and even then you might not have heard of many of the Loyalist militia commanders Additionally the usual problems with Kindle formatting that Osprey In some respects this book deserves a higher rating, covering the guerrilla war in South Carolina in some detail, but the small scale of the campaign makes it hard to grasp obscure geographic locations for those unfamiliar with South Carolina and which side Militia units and commanders are on for those not well researched on the southern campaign and even then you might not have heard of many of the Loyalist militia commanders Additionally the usual problems with Kindle formatting that Osprey should address across the series make some maps and illustrations next to useless


  2. Mark Luongo Mark Luongo says:

    Unfortunately it reads too much like someone s dissertation on guerrilla warfare rather than a well researched narrative Too few maps.


  3. Steven Peterson Steven Peterson says:

    This is another in the Osprey series, Raid The focus here Francis Marion s campaign in the Carolinas after the disastrous American defeat at Camden, as British Commander Lord Cornwallis completely outgeneraled the overmatched General Horatio Gates.Marion had been a regimental commander, but went over the guerilla tactics after Camden as with other patriots such as Thomas Sumter This slender Osprey volume recounts his exploits over time Page 73 lists major battles during Marion s time spa This is another in the Osprey series, Raid The focus here Francis Marion s campaign in the Carolinas after the disastrous American defeat at Camden, as British Commander Lord Cornwallis completely outgeneraled the overmatched General Horatio Gates.Marion had been a regimental commander, but went over the guerilla tactics after Camden as with other patriots such as Thomas Sumter This slender Osprey volume recounts his exploits over time Page 73 lists major battles during Marion s time span Camden, Cowpens, and Eutaw Springs as well as his raids from 1780 1782 The volume speaks of Marion s background and personal story as well as the stories of other key actors, such as the ruthless commander Banastre Tarleton, Lord Cornwallis, and others.The book gives a good sense of the tactics of Marion, dubbed the Swamp Fox His troops were too few to change the direction of the war in the South, but they provided valuable support for the American forces, as did other irregular groups.All in all, a nice volume if one wants a quick introduction to partisan efforts in the South during the Revolutionary War


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