The Life of Francis Marion By William Gilmore Simms, New Introduction by Sean Busick
South Carolina’s “Swamp Fox,” Francis Marion, is one of the most celebrated figures of the American Revolution. Marion’s cunning exploits in the Southern theater of the Revolution earned him national renown and a place in history as an American hero and master of modern guerilla warfare. Although dozens of works have been written about Marion’s life over the years, this biography -- written by William Gilmore Simms, South Carolina’s greatest author -- remains the best. First published in 1844, The Life of Francis Marion was Simms’s most commercially successful work of nonfiction. It offers a treatment of Marion’s life that is unparalleled in its scope and accuracy, all in Simms’s inimitable style.