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The Swamp Fox of the Revolution

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Welcome back one of the most beloved and requested histories for children! It relates a little known but crucial episode in the Revolutionary War, one that inspired the fictional motion picture, The Patriot in 2000. With no pay and little ammunition, a small band of backwoodsmen carried on a private war with the British redcoats in South Carolina during the American Revo
180 pages
Published 2008 (first published 1959)
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May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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Written for young readers, this short biography is a thrilling story about the swamp fox, Francis Marion, who led a group of bushwhackers against the British during the Revolutionary War. Due to its brevity and focus on youngsters, the book is not inundated with details about his genealogy, family, plantation life, or academic analysis. The book is short, direct, and informative.

Although the book does remove a lot of unnecessary detail, there are bits of controversy. Published in 1959, there is
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Forget about history being boring. This book brings Francis Marion and his campaigns to life like an adventure story. We start off in his camp on Snow Island, and see his men carry out their guerilla type missions from there. We meet the men he fought with, and learn about the men he fought against. We travel to all the places where Marion was involved in the South Carolina campaigns, and see the scenery. Most of all, we follow Francis Marion, and see the brilliant daring and heart of kindness t ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bit of nostalgia

Published 1959 by Random House
180 pages

Many, many years ago Random House published a series of more than 100 books called "Landmark Books". These were short histories of a little more than 150 pages that were long on action and short on historical analysis.

Nevertheless, these were this history teacher's first introduction to written history. The library in Hope, Indiana had a whole shelf of these books and I happily read about Daniel Boone and the Alamo and John Paul Jones. I h
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book may be for children, but I loved it. Well written and full of action. Tied a lot of the action in the south together into a concise captivating story. A must read for those interested in revolutionary battle history. How enriching it is to have 9 year old who is a revolutionary war history buff.
Katie Hilton
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a children's biography of Francis Marion. It has plenty of factual information about his background and good detail about Revolutionary War battles in which he was engaged. It is valuable for someone who doesn't want to read a longer account.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
From Page 174:

Part rawhide and part vinegar, wrapped around the biggest heart on the continent.
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Good choice for our hisory series this year.
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