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Flowers left for Francis Marion
Francis Marion was born in 1732 and gained military experience in the French and Indian War. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army when he escaped capture in the 1780 fall of Charleston and became a brigadier general of militia that same year. Col. Peter Horry, who shared in the exploits that earned Marion the nickname "The Swamp Fox," wrote a manuscript biography of Marion after the war. Horry's biography was transformed into a military romance by "Parson" Mason Locke Weems, author of the George Washington cherry tree myth. That book, which was first published in 1809, and a sweet potato dinner story depicted in a widely reproduced painting made Marion into a legend
- Mike Simmons
 Added: Jul. 6, 2009

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