Francis Marion Grave – Pineville, South Carolina
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Pictured below is the grave of General Francis Marion, one of South Carolina’s most storied Revolutionary War heroes. The burial site is located on the grounds of Belle Isle Plantation in Berkeley County. Belle Isle belonged to General Marion’s brother, Gabriel. His own plantation, called Pond Bluff, was about fifteen miles away. Today Pond Bluff is submerged under Lake Marion, named for the war general.
After the fall of Charleston in 1780, the Continental Army nearly ceased to operate in South Carolina. Marion distinguished himself as the leader of “irregular troops” – those who served without pay and supplied their own horses, arms, and food. He was an expert in guerrilla warfare and tormented British soldiers with stealth raids and attacks.
Frustrated in his assignment to capture or kill Marion, British Colonel Banastre Tarleton spoke of his fear that he would never find “the old swamp fox.” The nickname stuck as Marion continued to elude the British at every turn by traveling without a trace through the swamps, hiding in thick forests, and acting on intelligence gathered from
local Patriot sympathizers.
In 1893, nearly 100 years after Marion’s death on February 17, 1795, the South Carolina General Assembly replaced Marion’s crumbling tomb with this memorial, made of South Carolina granite. The cemetery is an historic site managed by South Carolina State Parks and opened the public.
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Address: 1 General Frances Marion Avenue, Pineville, SC 29468
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