“Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree- they bear no fruit,”

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“Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree- they bear no fruit,” said Francis Marion. The youngest son of six children from Gabriel and Esther Marion was born in 1732 at the family plantation in Berkeley County, South Carolina, whose name was soon to be Francis Marion. The Marion family moved to a plantation in St. George when Francis was only a toddler so that the children could receive an education in Georgetown, SC. When Francis turned fifteen, he decided to take a job as a sailor and register as the sixth crewman on a schooner, which is a type of sailing vessel with several masts. After a voyage to the West Indies, on the trip back the ship was reported to be hit by whale and sunken. After a week in a…show more content…
Just two years later in 1775, he was elected to the South Carolina Provincial Congress which pushed for colonial self-determination. Finally after an abundant amount of tension between the England and the Colonies, there was an outbreak of the American Revolution. As the South Carolina Provincial Congress formed three regiments, Marion received a commission as a captain in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment. Authorized by William Moultrie, the regiment was assigned to work to build Fort Sullivan in Charleston. After putting finishing touches on the fort, Francis and his men enforced defense of the city of Charleston during the Battle of Sullivan's Island on June 28, 1776. Admiral Sir Peter Parker and Major General Henry Clinton driven their British fleet into the Charleston Harbor to but was attempt an attack In the fighting, a British invasion fleet led by Admiral Sir Peter Parker and Major General Henry Clinton attempted to enter the harbor and was overthrown by Fort Sullivan's weapons. For Francis’s effort in the battle, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army. Marion strived for the next three years to train his men at the fort before he would accompany the failed Siege of Savannah in the fall of 1779. In 1780, Francis returned to Charleston for a dinner party which wound up to be so bad that he jumped out of a second story window to try to escape but actually breaks his

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