R309 The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, June 23–June 30
Instructor: Jim Anderson
We will examine the life and exploits of Francis Marion, better known to those of us who watched Disney's 1950s TV show as The Swamp Fox. In the Revolution's darkest days, Marion and his band of militia fighters, employing guerrilla tactics, kept hope alive for the patriot cause during the critical southern campaign. We will discuss both the legend as depicted in popular media, and the actual exploits of Marion's brigade, which were no less heroic. He succeeded, against all odds, in repeatedly foiling the highly trained, better equipped British regular and Loyalist forces sent against him.
Jim Anderson spent 27 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, followed by 11 years conducting corporate leadership seminars on Civil War battlefields. He holds an MA in history from the University of Memphis. Since 2009 he has taught courses and conducted tours at OLLI Mason on the Civil War and the American Frontier.