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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.

General Francis Marion Tomb

Gazie Nagle of Charleston, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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.

Francis Marion Grave

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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.

General Francis Marion Grave

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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 inscription on his tomb reads as follows:

Sacred to the memory of Genl. Francis Marion, who departed this life on the 27th February 1795 in the sixty-third year of his age deeply regretted by all his fellow-citizens. History will record his worth and rising generations embalm his memory as one of the most distinguished patriots and heroes of the American Revolution which elevated his native country to honor and independence and secured to her the blessings of liberty and peace. This tribute of veneration and gratitude is erected in commemoration of the noble and gallant exploits of the soldier who lived without fear and died without reproach.

Francis Marion Tomb

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The cemetery is an historic site managed by South Carolina State Parks and opened the public. General Marion has many memorials throughout our state. There is a statue of General Marion in Johnsonville, as well as a Swamp Fox mural in Manning. In addition, numerous South Carolina places are named after him, including the City of Marion, the County of Marion, Francis Marion University in Florence, Marion Square in Charleston, and Francis Marion National Forest and Lake Marion, both of which extend throughout multiple counties.

Francis Marion Grave Marker

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Francis Marion Grave Sign

Darrell Parker of North Charleston, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Francis Marion Grave Info

Address: 1 General Frances Marion Avenue, Pineville, SC 29468
GPS Coordinates: 33.453852,-80.087231

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11 Comments about Francis Marion Grave

CathileeNo Gravatar says:
December 29th, 2016 at 7:07 am

Marion Fans, come to the annual Francis Marion Memorial Service held at Marion’s Tomb on the day he died, February 27th. The service is conducted at 11:00 a.m. by General Marion’s Brigade Chapter, NSDAR, and Colonel Hezekiah Maham Chapter, SCSSAR. February 27th is General Francis Marion Memorial Day as recognized by the state of South Carolina. This is a wreath ceremony, and there is a speaker. Dress for the weather and bring a chair.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
May 12th, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Thanks for sharing!

Mary DarbyNo Gravatar says:
May 12th, 2016 at 8:43 am

We use this site at our school and it is great. Also, I am kin to Francis Marion.

Gene McGrewNo Gravatar says:
April 13th, 2016 at 9:36 am

My great great great great great grandfather was Robert Thornley. He served with Francis Marion and knew him very well. He live on a plantation in Wassamassaw. He was also a senator for South Carolina for 3 years following the Revolution.

Joseph Wheeler McGowan says:
November 17th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

More information here…

Daniel Nixon Taylor says:
November 3rd, 2014 at 5:06 pm

My son, daughter-in-law and I were honored yesterday to visit the gravesite of one of my childhood heroes: Francis Marion – The Swamp Fox. We had a great time in Charleston, drove to Pineville, saw the site of this great American hero. My son said on the way home that he thought Marion's grave was the highlight of a great and eventful trip.

John McNemarNo Gravatar says:
July 27th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I am descended from Francis’ brother, Job. Working backwards: Job Marion: Job St. Julien Marion: Theodore Samuel Marion: Edward Marion: Edward Bailey Marion: Franklin Delano Marion: Dorothy Louise Marion: John McNemar. I have a book, The Life of Gen Francis Marion, by Brig. Gen. Horry & Rev. Mason L. Weems no date, published by Frank F. Lovell & Co., NY. It was given to my grandfather Frank by his Papa, Christmas, 1889. It has a photo of Marion’s pistol taped to one of the pages.

Gerald AcordNo Gravatar says:
December 16th, 2012 at 11:35 am

My great great grandfater bears the name “Francis Marion Acord”. He died fighting for the Union against his Confederate brothers.

DARNo Gravatar says:
October 26th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I believe that The South Carolina Society of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was responsible for erecting the fence in the 1990’s when my mother was heavily involved.

ken coatesNo Gravatar says:
August 29th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

About 7 years ago my wife and me, by accident, found this grave site and we were appalled at its condition. It appears that since then, a new fence has been erected but it looks like it still needs to be repaired. Is that the case and if so, who needs to be contacted?

Pam ManningNo Gravatar says:
January 15th, 2012 at 1:04 am

I’m trying to find PROOF the Rev. Robert Wilkes Finley m. Rebecca Bradley (1780) served from time to time under Francis Marion.

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