Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” dies, February 27th, 1795
He is remembered today mostly by America’s toughest and bravest warriors, who often honor him as the “Father of Special Operations.” With his small band of untrained and unpaid fighting men, who lived and fought in the swamps and forests of South Carolina, Marion successfully harassed the British army for almost three years. His men traveled like ghosts, appearing suddenly and creating havoc—and then just as quickly were gone. After the war, Marion was elected to the South Carolina Assembly where he championed reconciliation between Loyalists and Patriots. He rebuilt his plantation and spent the remainder of his life in obscurity.