Lead: After the British victory at the Battle of Camden in August 1780, the Revolutionary cause in the South was kept alive by Partisan guerrilla groups, the most notorious of which was led by Francis Marion.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After Camden the Patriots for a time could not field an Army that was able to defeat the British, therefore the cause was maintained by militia groups organized by Carolinians Francis Marion, Thomas Sumter, and Andrew Pickens, and a small unit from Virginia led by Light Horse Harry Lee. Marion was the most successful and best remembered. Before the war he was a plantation owner, of Huguenot descent, serving in the state legislature. He rose to command his own unit. At times his racial mixed band numbered in the hundreds, at others his forces dwindled to only a few dozen. They lived in the swamps of the Pee Dee River in northeastern South Carolina, sniped at the Redcoats and their Loyalist allies, attacked baggage trains, and harassed patrols.

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