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America's First Guerilla Fighters

Ever elusive, Francis Marion and his men appeared out of the gloom of the swamps to attack the British, only to disappear as quickly as they came. With little equipment and less ammunition, a small band of backwoodsmen carried on a private war with the British redcoats in South Carolina during the American Revolution.

Led by Francis Marion, this group of guerilla fighters struck fear into the hearts of the British as, time and time again, they ambushed British soldiers and knocked out a string of their forts before disappearing mysteriously into the swamps. Marion's unorthodox tactics infuriated the British, who were more used to set battles in open ground. The redcoat soldiers became terrified of the unexpected and swift attacks by this little band of irregulars and, demoralized, were eventually driven from the South.

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For over half a century, Landmark books have been an important part of home libraries. Jam-packed with exciting stories and adventures, the Landmark series is known as the first historical series for kids. Teaching parents continue to trust the Landmark name to engage their children with accurate information on well-known people and interesting periods in American history. The variety of subjects; action-filled, story-like narratives; large and clear print; and reasonable prices make the Landmark series an excellent and enjoyable way to learn more about history.
Extremely popular in the 1950s and 1960s, while these are all secular titles the fact that they were written as many as fifty years ago ensures their wholesomeness, as much as any book pertaining to the lives of mortal men can be wholesome.

Publisher's Information
Author: Stewart H. Holbrook
Pages: 160
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 2008
ISBN: 9781402757037
Publisher: Sterling Point Books
Size: 5 1/2" X 8 1/4"

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
The Swamp Fox February 15, 2011
Reviewer: Misty Marr from Buckeye, AZ United States  
I found this to be a very interesting story of Francis Marion.  I had not been familiar with him before reading this. This is an exciting story of the American revolution and a man who was very unconventional in his manner of battle.  He threw off the British, who were more accustomed to fighting the proper way.  This is a great war book and a good way to introduce your children to more of our history.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
True history made interesing January 11, 2011
Reviewer: Sarah E. from Oklahoma, USA  
I just finished reading The Swamp Fox of the Revolution aloud with my 9-year-old son.  We both loved it.  I was amazed at how much historical detail the author was able to put in the book without it being boring.  I have often gotten bored with books about historical wars because there are so many confusing details that it gets dry, but that didn't happen with this book.  

It doesn't read like a novel or even exactly a biography.  It simply tells the story of Francis Marion's involvement in the Revolutionary War but with enough interesting details to hold your attention (such as what drink Marion always kept in his flask.)  Marion was an intriguing man and he and his men did amazing things, so there is no need to sensationalize to make the book interesting.  

It's supposed to be for 12 and up but that's mostly because of reading level.  As a read-aloud, it engaged my 9-year-old but not my 7-year-old.  There was nothing graphic or disturbing to make it unsuitable for younger ears.

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