Considered the father of guerilla & maneuver warfare tactics (learned from the Cherokee), and a forerunner to the Army Rangers and Green Berets, Francis Marion epitomizes both the tenacity and virtue of the American Warrior.
Having been an officer in the Continental Army, as well as the leader of a militia, his influence on the American Warrior mentality runs deep. His impact on the US military has endured for 250 years. Less understood is his profound legacy on America’s gun culture, and the inextricable link between civilian gun ownership and freedom. 8 years after winning the Revolutionary War, the founders deemed it necessary to provide constitutional protection for “the right to bear arms”, even though it was common law at the time. It is hard to imagine that Marion’s exploits, and the overall necessity of the militia in the revolutionary war, was not the leading rationale behind this consequential statement:
"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Francis Marion’s enduring legacy is of freedom, independence, and a warrior spirit that is deeply embedded into the American psyche, culture, and probably, even the US Constitution itself.
The “Swamp Fox” mentality is an inextricable element of the American DNA, and we are honored to rock his legendary nickname namesake.