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FMU to celebrate General Francis Marion Memorial Day, Feb. 27

FLORENCE - Francis Marion University will celebrate the life and legacy of its namesake on Monday, Feb. 27, with a unique exhibition to be displayed in James A. Rogers Library.  

The event is free and open to the public and commemorates the life of the Revolutionary War leader for whom the S.C. General Assembly five years ago designated this special date – the anniversary of his death Feb. 27, 1795. Maps and books from the library’s Special Collections will be on display in the reference area on the first floor of the library.  

The Special Collections is located in the Arundel Room on the second floor. Included in this collection is the Francis Marion Congressional Military Commission. 

In 2006 FMU obtained the document that commissioned Francis Marion as lieutenant colonel in the Second South Carolina Regiment of the U.S. Army in 1776.  It was purchased from Charleston attorney C. Allen Gibson Jr., a descendant of the military leader's relative, Rebecca Marion.  

Francis Marion (c. 1732-1795), for whom the university is named, was a partisan leader in the American Revolution, nicknamed "the Swamp Fox," by the British and is one of South Carolina's best remembered Patriots. "Bloody" Banastre Tarelton tagged Francis Marion that "wily ole' fox of the swamps" in about 1781, giving rise to Marion's legend as the master of strategy -- never caught, rarely followed, yet seemingly always at hand, just when needed by the partisans.  

For additional information about the celebration, contact Reference Librarian Suzanne Singleton at (843) 661-1319 or 


Last Published: February 27, 2012 8:57 AM
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