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This comprehensive biography of Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, covers his famous wartime stories as well as a private side of him that has rarely been explored

In the darkest days of the American Revolution, Francis Marion and his band of militia freedom fighters kept hope alive for the patriot cause during the critical British "southern campaign." Employing insurgent guerrilla tactics that became commonplace in later centuries, Marion and his brigade inflicted enemy losses that were individually small but cumulatively a large drain on British resources and morale.

Although many will remember the stirring adventures of the "Swamp Fox" from the Walt Disney television series of the late 1950s and the fictionalized Marion character played by Mel Gibson in the 2000 film The Patriot, the real Francis Marion bore little resemblance to either of those caricatures. But his exploits were no less heroic as he succeeded, against all odds, in repeatedly foiling the highly trained, better-equipped forces arrayed against him.

In this action-packed biography we meet many colorful characters from the Revolution: Banastre Tarleton, the British cavalry officer who relentlessly pursued Marion over twenty-six miles of swamp, only to call off the chase and declare (per legend) that "the Devil himself could not catch this damned old fox," giving Marion his famous nickname; Thomas Sumter, the bold but rash patriot militia leader whom Marion detested; Lord Cornwallis, the imperious British commander who ordered the hanging of rebels and the destruction of their plantations; "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, the urbane young Continental cavalryman who helped Marion topple critical British outposts in South Carolina; but most of all Francis Marion himself, "the Washington of the South," a man of ruthless determination yet humane character, motivated by what his peers called "the purest patriotism."

In The Swamp Fox, the first major biography of Marion in more than forty years, John Oller compiles striking evidence and brings together much recent learning to provide a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution.

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Advance praise for The Swamp Fox

"Not only a new Francis Marion, but a new American Revolution emerges from these riveting pages. Best of all, John Oller has performed this feat with solid, totally convincing research. His is a book that every American will learn from-and enjoy."- Thomas Fleming, bestselling author of The Great Divide

"John Oller''s thrilling narrative drops us into the steamy swamps of South Carolina as Francis Marion and his small militia repeatedly bloody larger, veteran redcoat armies, often serving as the only surviving patriot force between the British and the fall of the colony. The Swamp Fox paints a vivid portrait of the unassuming man who created a new, potent brand of guerrilla warfare, one that balanced audacity with tactical genius and resolute ethics. Oller''s engaging work rightfully places Marion in the first ranks of great American heroes."- John F. Ross, author of War on the Run

"John Oller''s The Swamp Fox is a much-anticipated, fresh look at the life of Francis Marion, focusing on Marion''s distinguished military career during the American Revolution. Incorporating historical material either previously inaccessible or overlooked, Oller offers new perspectives on our lowcountry South Carolina partisan told within an engaging narrative that situates Marion''s campaigns within the greater British and American strategies."- Steven D. Smith, Research Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, and author of Archaeological Perspectives on Partisan Communities: Francis Marion at Snow''s Island in History, Landscape, and Memory

"A tour de force-a scholarly presentation which has been long needed. Brilliantly written and documented."- Christine Swager, author of The Valiant Dead: The Battle of Eutaw Springs and Come to the Cowpens: The Story of the Battle of Cowpens

"Well-written, well-researched, fast-paced, it deserves a large reading audience."- John Buchanan, author of The Road to Guilford Courthou se

"A captivating and long overlooked study of a little known chapter in the American Revolution. Oller''s work should be read by all students of early American history and in particular by those interested in better understanding how the American Revolution was won."-- New York Journal of Books


"An admiring biography of Francis Marion (1732-1795), a military hero of the American Revolution...A thoroughly researched biography."-- Kirkus Reviews


"Oller''s exemplary knowledge about South Carolina''s forgotten tussle during the revolution will engage readers...Highly recommended for military aficionados and students of Southern U.S. history or the American Revolution."-- Library Journal


"Oller''s deeply researched book is rich with details on how intelligence contributed to America''s independence, and describes techniques used by American special forces today. A splendid military read."-- Washington Times


"A well-researched biography...Packed with fascinating tidbits for those who cannot get enough of military histories and/or accounts of the American Revolution."-- InfoDad blog



"The Palmetto state is dotted with buildings, monuments, schools and historical sites in [Francis Marion''s] honor. And now he also has the biography he deserves."-- Houston Press



"Oller compiles striking evidence and brings together much recent learning to provide a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution."-- Idaho Statesman



"Oller has done an impressive job documenting the life and times of Francis Marion...Oller paints a picture of a humble man who believed in the sanctity of human life, who sought to minimize bloodshed when he could."-- What Would the Founders Think?



"The story of a patriot and a military genius...A balanced portrait of a man whose contributions went beyond his military prowess...Oller''s narrative style conveys the excitement of Marion''s life as the ''Swamp Fox'' and the excitement and horror of war. It also provides a clearly understandable description of troop movements and geography that enables the reader to understand the physical aspects of the story. Modern readers will recognize place names they see on summer trips to the beach."-- Roanoke Times



"These days about all this generation knows about Francis Marion stems from the character played by Mel Gibson in The Patriot. John Oller sets the record straight...Whoever said that history had to be boring? The way Oller writes it, you won''t be able to put it down."-- Seattle Book Review


"In this action-packed biography we meet many colorful characters from the Revolution...Oller compiles striking evidence and brings together much recent learning to provide a fresh look both at Marion, the man, and how he helped save the American Revolution."-- Readara


"The author takes a balanced approach to his subject, acknowledging Marion''s military abilities and humanity in the often barbarous South Carolina civil war of 1780-1782, yet avoids lapsing into the hagiography that undermines many biographies...Oller does a fine job presenting Marion''s activities within the larger context of the campaigns in the South, allowing readers to understand the overall military picture and Marion''s place within it...[This] detailed and nuanced portrait of Francis Marion is capably done and will be welcomed by historians."-- Journal of the American Revolution


"A detailed and well documented biography...[Oller] brings Francis Marion to life...This is a very detailed and informative book about this man, his life, and his importance in the success of the Revolutionary War...An enjoyable and readable history...It was an absolute pleasure to read and learn about so important an individual to this nations'' freedom."-- Portland Book Review

"An excellent book that describes the exploits of one of the saviors of the American Revolution in the South."-- Collected Miscellany


"A genuinely new and insightful book about Marion...Tell[s] a good story in a well-written narrative...Goes right to core of what we most want to know about Marion...Oller puts real history behind the legend of Marion, giving us a detailed and engaging account of The Swamp Fox''s military career. Beside the clear prose, the great strength of Oller''s book is the solid research behind it...Oller is able to tell us more about Marion than any previous biographer. The picture we have is of a real man who was every bit as extraordinary as the legend, a master of partisan warfare and a true patriot who deserves a place alongside Washington in the pantheon of heroes of America''s Revolutionary era."-- Abbeville Institute


"A readable, well-documented biography...Anyone who loves American history or military history would love this book."-- Minneapolis Star Tribune


"May be the best Marion biography to come out in recent years. Oller''s extensive research strips away the myths and legends of previous biographies in depicting a man of unquestionable character that became one of the fathers of modern guerrilla warfare."-- Military Review



"[Oller''s] account of Marion and the South Carolina battleground gives readers a fresh view of a lesser-known Revolutionary War campaign."-- Publishers Weekly


"A carefully researched account of the life of South Carolina militia general and guerilla leader Francis Marion, one of the American Revolution''s most divisive and elusive figures. With an engaging narrative and a level of detail sure to delight many military historians and enthusiasts alike, Oller reconstructs Marion''s participation in the Revolutionary War...A reconceptualization of Marion not as a mythological, virtuous American hero but as an astute student of war, one who understood the intricacies of waging a guerilla campaign against a superior force in a civilian community."-- H-Net.org

"Oller brings precise research (and no little courage) to the challenge of writing a realistic, accurate life of a partisan leader whose exploits have made him a centerpiece of American national mythology...A virtue of John Oller''s new biography is his extensive use of Francis Marion''s orderly book and other papers to glean interesting details about his day-to-day activities and operations. Swamp Fox will certainly attract a wide readership, especially among students and history buffs."-- Michigan War Studies Review


"Oller uses newly completed document collections...which were not available to previous biographers...Oller uncovers some interesting new information concerning Marion''s years before the war...A good read."― Journal of Southern History

"Oller offers a thorough reassessment of Marion, placing his irregular tactics in the larger story of the Southern Campaign of 1780-1781...A welcome addition to the growing literature on the War of Independence in the South."
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About the Author

John Oller, a lawyer and journalist, is the author of the critically acclaimed biographies of actress Jean Arthur and Kate Chase Sprague, Mary Todd Lincoln''s great rival. He lives in New York City.

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Peter R. Ramsey
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My disappointment notwithstanding, this is an interesting and very flowing ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2017
Family lore had it that Francis Marion was an ancestor. Both my father and grandfather had Marion for a middle name. However, reading this book I learned that could not have been the case. My disappointment notwithstanding, this is an interesting and very flowing narrative... See more
Family lore had it that Francis Marion was an ancestor. Both my father and grandfather had Marion for a middle name. However, reading this book I learned that could not have been the case. My disappointment notwithstanding, this is an interesting and very flowing narrative on the Swamp Fox''s exploits and their importance in our defeat of Britain in the Revolutionary War. The common narrative of that war suggests that it was won at Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill and Valley Forge. As a southerner I was pleased to see the critical importance of South Carolina so fully recognized. Ancestor or not, Francis Marion was an important figure in the War of Independence, and it good to,see him and his efforts in South Carolina given their due.
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Nick Carraway
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Everything you want from a good biography.
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2016
Readable, clear, well-documented, with invaluable maps in the front (which I referred to countless times as I read) and augmented by a nice collection of illustrations. A consistent, honest portrayal of Marion (de-mythologized but not adversely so), and sufficient suspense... See more
Readable, clear, well-documented, with invaluable maps in the front (which I referred to countless times as I read) and augmented by a nice collection of illustrations. A consistent, honest portrayal of Marion (de-mythologized but not adversely so), and sufficient suspense to keep the reader interested and reading quickly. A long-overdue account of this compelling figure. Four and a half stars.
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Steven PetersonTop Contributor: Baseball
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Fine biography of "the Swamp Fox"
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2016
This is a fine biography of Fancis Marion, the "Swamp Fox." His irregular fighting against the British and loyalist forces in South Carolina was an important element in keeping an American military presence in the south. With other irregular units (e.g., Sumter and... See more
This is a fine biography of Fancis Marion, the "Swamp Fox." His irregular fighting against the British and loyalist forces in South Carolina was an important element in keeping an American military presence in the south. With other irregular units (e.g., Sumter and ), the4se patriots were able to take up some of the slack after Horatio Gates'' crushing defeat at Camden. The American army had largely disappeared. Later, Nathanael Greene began to rebuild a force to obstructs Lord Cornwallis'' efforts.

The book begins with the historical context for battle in the south. There is also a nice portrayal of Marion''s youth. From his youth to adulthood, he finally created a life style that allowed him to live fairly well. When war came, he threw his lot in with the Americans. After the defeat of Gates'' army, he and others began a hit and run guerilla warfare against the British. The work does a nice job of outlining his strategy, his realization that his troops would come and go as the season or some occasion called for such departure. He was also adept at finding "hideouts" and keeping them invisible (not always successful). He developed generally positive relations with nearby settlements.

He developed a useful working relationship with Greene and, thus, aided the larger military strategy of Greene. The book discusses ups and downs of Marion''s military career, a few failures as well as his many successes.

In the final analysis, this is a satisfying work on "the Swamp Fox," including a nice analysis of his live after the Revolutionary War. . . .
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Marion: A great American patriot for the cause of freedom
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2016
If you interested in Francis Marion, aka the Swamp Fox, this is new and fresh look at his life and his legacy. This book is well written and thoroughly researched. The author does well, in my opinion, to explain why Marion''s guerrilla style warfare tactics were crucial to... See more
If you interested in Francis Marion, aka the Swamp Fox, this is new and fresh look at his life and his legacy. This book is well written and thoroughly researched. The author does well, in my opinion, to explain why Marion''s guerrilla style warfare tactics were crucial to defeat the British in the American Revolution. Always fascinated by history, and I found this especially good.
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Mac McCormick III
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A Great Book about the Man and his Actions
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
Despite having lived in Savannah, just south of South Carolina, for most of my life and having a practically lifelong love of History I never really knew much about Francis Marion beyond the myths and legends that sprang up about him. Even then, the myths were mostly about... See more
Despite having lived in Savannah, just south of South Carolina, for most of my life and having a practically lifelong love of History I never really knew much about Francis Marion beyond the myths and legends that sprang up about him. Even then, the myths were mostly about his military activity and not the man himself. This book is a compelling story of not only Marion''s military activity but about Marion himself. Knowing who he was as a person is key in understanding why he did what he is famous for and it gives you a window into his decision making, explaining why he was as successful as he was. Oller has done a wonderful job telling us about Marion the man, so in this book, we not only have a record of what he did but a much better understanding of how and why he did it. I truly enjoyed reading The Swamp Fox and heartily recommend it to anyone who''s familiar with the myths and wants to know more about who Marion was and what he did.
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Jim A.
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Marion vs Washington
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed Swamp Fox. Having grown up watching the Disney series on Marion, I always wanted a book to tell me more about this fascinating figure. I was surprised at his accomplishments for a man that was barely 5 feet tall. I''m a long time reader of history; and,... See more
I thoroughly enjoyed Swamp Fox. Having grown up watching the Disney series on Marion, I always wanted a book to tell me more about this fascinating figure. I was surprised at his accomplishments for a man that was barely 5 feet tall. I''m a long time reader of history; and, recently, the Revolutionary era has been a period of interest. The contrast between Washington and Marion are amazing. One at 6''2" and the other at 5''2" with engaging personality and no personality; however, they both accomplished far more than would be expected. I think Marion did far more with less resources and support than the iconic Washington. A great read!!! Enjoy!!!
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Thomas S. Inge
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The ultimate Francis Marion biography
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2016
A number of years ago Walt Disney released the first three episodes of "The Swamp Fox" on DVD. Sadly, the final five episodes remain "hiding in the glen." Author John Oller does things differently. He gives you the complete story, and a good one it is.... See more
A number of years ago Walt Disney released the first three episodes of "The Swamp Fox" on DVD. Sadly, the final five episodes remain "hiding in the glen." Author John Oller does things differently. He gives you the complete story, and a good one it is. Of all the fine books written about Francis Marion, this one is the best. I learned several years ago that the Swamp Fox wore a red coat during part of the Revolutionary War, but no other author explained why. John Oller, however, supplied the answer. The book is very detailed and interesting and helps one to know Francis Marion
better and appreciate him even more. Marion is deserving of the highest respect for the part he played in securing our country''s liberty, and John Oller is to be commended for this wonderful biography he has written.
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A Fine Bio Of an Elusive Hero
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2020
Almost 60 years ago I read a young person''s life of Francis Marion, the legendary Swamp Fox of the American Revolution. (A search revealed it was written by Stewart Holbrook and was published by Landmark.) I have always been interested in Marion, Nathaniel Greene, and the... See more
Almost 60 years ago I read a young person''s life of Francis Marion, the legendary Swamp Fox of the American Revolution. (A search revealed it was written by Stewart Holbrook and was published by Landmark.) I have always been interested in Marion, Nathaniel Greene, and the Revolution in the South. It is strange that there are so few biographies of Marion. John Oller has written the first new life story of the partisan leader in four decades. He has done an excellent job of reconstructing the career of his elusive subject. Oller concentrates on Marion''s military career as what we would now call a guerrilla leader. He spends relatively little time on the larger campaign, only supplying enough detail about the big conflict to place Marion''s operations in their context. He has spread a wide net, using genealogical sources to flesh out some of the Swamp Fox''s allies and foes. There are only about 250 pages of text, but the notes are through and helpful. The Swamp Fox can proudly share my bookcase with War On The Run, the biography of Robert Rogers, America''s other great irregular military leader of the 1700s, by John Ross.
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Excellent biography of one of the Most Important Figures of the American Revoluntion
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2019
The Swamp Fox-I have read many small articles about his war time antics but this book fully goes in depth to a history that needs to be told and read.One of the Most Important American Military figure from the American Revolution.
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haven''t read it year but looks to be exactly what I thought it would be
Reviewed in Canada on December 29, 2018
Took a little while to get it but was not disappointed when I got it
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