Leading Like the Swamp Fox

The Leadership Lessons of Francis Marion

Kevin Dougherty, Steven D. Smith

A study of Francis Marion's leadership in the South Carolina lowcountry campaigns.
Publication date:
June 2022
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
10–20 photographs
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ISBN : 9781636241159

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• Unique assessment of Francis Marion through the application of leadership principles and distinguishing between what is factually known about Marion and what is legend or lore
• Examines eight different leadership categories showing how Marion demonstrated each one
• Highly readable with lessons applicable to all

After futilely chasing his nemesis through miles of swamps, British dragoon Banastre Tarleton told his exhausted men, 'Come, my Boys! Let us go back, and we will find the Gamecock [Thomas Sumter], but as for this damned old fox, the Devil himself could not catch him.' From Tarleton's lament, Francis Marion acquired the nickname 'Swamp Fox' and became the very symbol of the Patriot cause in the South Carolina lowcountry. Yet, Tarleton and those like him seemed to have all the advantages. More men and equipment. Better training. Greater firepower. Still somehow Marion routinely got the best of his foes. How? Surely Marion benefited from his local intelligence and the fervor of his cause, but in and of themselves, these advantages would not have been sufficient to overcome the British military preponderance. It took leadership to defeat the British and Marion delivered it. This book explains how he did it.

The book has three parts. The first section establishes the historical background and context necessary to appreciate Marion's situation. In the second section, eight different broad leadership categories are addressed, each with a brief explanation of the leadership competency at hand and then an example of that competency as demonstrated by Marion. The third section captures some conclusions about how leadership impacted the American Revolution in the South Carolina lowcountry and provides some information about how the reader might explore those physical reminders of Marion and his exploits that exist today. Readers interested in history or leadership or both will all find something for them in Leading like the Swamp Fox.