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Romancing the Swamp Fox

J. L. Bell has dug up a wonderful item, which he shares at Boston 1775.  It’s a letter from Peter Horry to that notorious disseminator of spurious anecdotes, Mason Weems, regarding the liberties Weems took with material Horry supplied for a biography of Francis Marion.

Thank God Horry didn’t live long enough to see The Patriot.

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Country music star Josh Turner admires Francis Marion

He admires him so much, in fact, that he named his new kid after him.  A fine choice.

I don’t know much about country music, but I’ve heard enough about Turner to know that he has a great voice and is one heck of a nice guy.  Congratulations to the family.  This calls for a cigar and a rousing chorus:

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Unconventional warfare at its most ruthless

Remember during the invasion of Panama, when Noriega was holed up in the Apostolci Nunciature, and the American troops set up loudspeakers and blasted rock music around the clock to try to break his will?

It might shed light on why the British finally evacuated South Carolina.

Incidentally, I had no idea until I saw the credits at the end of this clip that Disney’s Swamp Fox series was based on the biography of the same name by Robert Bass, who also wrote books on Thomas Sumter and Banastre Tarleton

All three books contain a fair amount of romanticization and legend, but are still valuable resources on the Revolution.  That’s assuming, of course, that you can still read after listening to the incessant repetition of that song, which could turn even the most ardent history buff into a babbling lunatic.

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