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Francis Marion/Swamp Fox SymposiumMarion in miniature on our pin
 Immerse yourself in Francis Marion's world and learn the significance of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.

Site: FE DuBose Campus of  Central Carolina Technical College, I-95, Exit 122, ½ mi E on US 521, Manning, SC.


        This is what you missed at some past Francis Marion Symposia 2007-2010:

 You missed the best one yet:  October 15-16, 2010:  Francis Marion / Swamp Fox Symposium
    8th Francis Marion Symposium: "Explore General Marion and the Southern Campaign"
  Immerse yourself in Francis Marion's world and in the significance of the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War.
 Approx. Times:  Friday, Oct. 15, 2010: 2 PM - 9 PM and Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010: 9 AM - 10 PM

 Site: FE DuBose Campus of  Central Carolina Technical College, I-95, Exit 122, ½ mi E on US 521, Manning, SC


Sponsors 2010:    Bank of Clarendon, Manning; J & N Black, Manning; R. Bradshaw of Manning; Citizens Bank,  Turbeville; DuBose Campus, Central Carolina Technical College, Manning; Don Ellis, CPA, Manning; Farmers Telephone Coop, Kingstree; The Clarendon Citizen; In Honor of Rep. C. Harvin, Summerton; Manning IGA, L. Kennedy; Manning Restaurant; NBSC, Manning; Prothro Chevrolet, Manning; G & C Summers, Manning; Turbeville IGA Plus, H. Smith; Turbeville Ruritan Club; and W & D Turbeville, Manning.  

Val Green presented Indian history


2010 Presentations * Best Attendees & Presenters Yet.

   Agenda: Friday, October 15, 2010  

   J. Parker:   Parker's Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina with certain Marion sites

   V. Green:   Famous Indian town called Cofitachequi
       Saturday, October 16, 2010
    P. Proctor:  A Revolutionary War Backcountry Woman During the War
   W. Turbeville:  Christopher Gadsden
    G. Poteat:  Marion and his Intelligence Network - CIA
 Photos by G. Summers of Swamp Fox Murals
     D. Neilan:   Marion letters & research
     N. Davies:  Much Ado About Potatoes
     K. MacNutt:  Marion Images, Including Family Resemblances

     An Evening in Rev. History Dinner Theater With Our Favorite Historian J. Stukes as Otho Williams                   

   Symposium attendees enjoy the presentations        Francis Marion researcher, Karen MacNutt prepares for her presentation


DVD Videos, including this last year's Symposium, are NOW available: 2 years for $25, 1 for $15

In Clarendon Citizen - October 19, 2010 - By Chuck Waters  Joe Stukes as Otho Williams 2010
Marion Symposium a hit again  
      The eighth Francis Marion Symposium was a great success - again. That is the thought of organizer George Summers of Manning. He and his wife, Carole, and a group of dedicated volunteers have been putting the symposium together for eight years and despite successful events in the past, this one ranks up there with the best. People from all across the country came to Clarendon County to listen, learn and even eat from the Revolutionary War era.
“All the presenters were exceptionally good this year,” said Summers. “It went better than we thought it would go. We had high expectations, but we exceeded those. It really came together this year.”

Chuck Waters/"The Clarendon Citizen" - Dr. Joseph Taylor Stukes is seen portraying
Continental Army Officer Otho Williams during the Francis Marion Symposium.
Stukes spoke about Williams’ career, life and his role in strengthening the south.

The Summers received an email from a Charles Baxley, lawyer in Camden, commending them on their work to make the symposium a great experience.  His email read, “I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Francis Marion Symposium. The pace seemed to be more relaxed this year. I thought the atmosphere was terrific. Thanks for all your hard work for making it happen.”

The Summers received numerous emails from other people also expressing their enjoyment of the event. Many of them have asked about future events and things Patti Proctor of Charlotte, NC portraies a Backcountry woman they can do to prepare for the future.      

The symposium got started Friday afternoon with two presentations.
The first was from John Parker; author of Parker’s Guide to the Revolutionary War in S.C. and the second was from Val Green speaking about the ancient Indian town named Cofitachequi.
 The night ended with a meal and a meet and greet event at the Manning Restaurant.
“I think this guy (Baxley) probably mirrors everybody,” said Summers. “They really liked the dinner at Manning Restaurant Friday night. They had a great time of fellowship and the food was tremendous.”
According to Summers, the highlight was Dr. Joseph Taylor Stukes’ portrayal of Otho Williams Saturday evening.
Stukes entered the stage following the dinner and portrayed Williams about being a military leader alongside Marion in the South. Wright Turbeville delivers Chris Gadsden to the Symposium
“Every presenter had stuff they’d dug out in their research that I personally had never heard before,” Summers said.
The South had an important role in the American Revolution and Summers said that a focal point of the symposium.
Gaining a better and clearer perspective on this area and what role it played in the Revolution to aid in the formation of the country was something the Summers and each participant aimed for.
“I think the participants took away a greater appreciation for the part of South Carolina played in the American Revolution,” Summers said. “In particular, the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. The action was in our area of South Carolina. I think that was fairly evident to everybody.”
With the success of the symposium and great feedback from attendees, Summers definitely wants to put together a ninth symposium. Even though they do not begin the planning process until the spring, the organizers have ideas and interested individuals possibly lined up. “I don’t think we’ll change it much,” Summer said. “We’ll have different presentations with different presenters; but the format will stay the same. After eight years, we have the schedule worked out. “We already have people talking about what they’re doing in their research and what they would like to present.”

  2009 Agenda Presentations: Happened not to be the Last Symposium, great fun & history info:Bob Swager, our best ever sales manager & Chris' agent

                    General Francis Marion statue awaits you. Friday, October 16, 2009

                 C. Swager: Francis Marion: Stranger Than Fiction
                 W. Turbeville:  John Laurens: The Real Revolutionary
                   Reception/supper in the country with tour enroute
                  Saturday, October 17, 2009
                  G. Summers: Marion’s Bridges Campaign, Escalating Tactics
                  T. Powers: Marion and His Commanders
                 W. Graves: Rev. War Pensions Applications and Research
                Discussions/ Lunch
                  K. MacNutt: Gen. & Mrs. Marion, Families of the Revolution
                  D. Neilan: The Crisis of Command in the Southern Department & Marion correspondence
                  D. Sherrill: Dr. Benjamin Franklin's historical presentation: Politics of War
                    Displays/ Book Signings
                        Dinner: An Evening in Rev. History Dinner Theater With Joe Stukes as
Maj. John James of Marion’s Brigade

Sponsors 2009:  Bank of Clarendon, Manning; J & N Black, Manning; DuBose Campus, Central Carolina Technical College, Manning;  Don Ellis, CPA, Manning; Elliott's Landing, Pinewood; Farmers Telephone Coop, Kingstree; Representative Cathy Harvin, Summerton; The Manning Times; Manning IGA, Lamar Kennedy; Midway Presbyterian Church, New Zion;  NBSC, Manning; Prothro Chevrolet, Manning; G & C Summers, Manning; The Tearcoat Framery, Manning; Turbeville IGA Plus, H. Smith; Turbeville Ruritan Club; and W & D Turbeville, Manning.

Great Experience:  October 10-11, 2008

6th Francis Marion Symposium "draws national crowd" 

       6th annual Francis Marion Symposium draws national crowd
 By Cathy Gilbert  of The Manning Times 10-16-08

      Visitors from as far away as Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida and Massachusetts descended upon Clarendon County last weekend to take part in the sixth annual Francis Marion Symposium, presented by the Swamp Fox Mural Trails Society. Held at F.E. DuBose, the Symposium drew more than 150 attendees who clamored to learn more about their hero, Francis Marion and his compatriots, including Horatio Gates, Nathaniel Greene, John Rutledge and Hezekiah Maham, all names very familiar to Revolutionary War buffs.
       Friday’s presentation was supposed to include a comparison of Marion’s guerilla war tactics to methods for modern day entrepreneurs. Although the presenter had to cancel at the last minute, Symposium organizer George Summers never missed a beat and made the presentation himself. “The most important thing any businessperson can do is to set goals and plan,” Summers said. “In these scary financial times, everyone needs a contingency plan.” Summers said that like Marion, we most know what our assets are. “With a very small band of warriors, Marion was able to keep 1,500 British soldiers tied up all the time. Marion figured out that it was most important to be able to move and feed his troops. If he could do that, he could employ his famous ‘hit and run’ tactics to great success.” Operating in business today is no different, according to Summers. “Marion succeeded by making friends with the populace; that is today’s customer service. He knew how to pick his targets. That is today’s successful market analysis. He knew he had to use unconventional tactics. That is today’s creative thinking,” Summers said. The Friday session concluded with a driving tour to Ft. Watson via the Old River Road in Summerton. A reception was held at Camp Woodie after the tour.
     Saturday morning kicked off with a humorous look at lawyers in Revolutionary War time, presented by Judge Wright Turbeville. Turbeville said that lawyers were not the most popular of professionals in Colonial days. “It was then as it is now … 99 percent of lawyers give the rest of us a bad name,” Turbeville joked. Colonial lawyers were often the sons of wealthy landowners, according to Turbeville. They would be sent back to London, to the “Inns of Court,” where they would live and study by reading the law. This nearly independent study didn’t work for all that were sent, as many of the young men lacked the self-discipline to study and stay away from the nearby pubs. “John Laurens wrote home for more money; Peter Manigault wrote home for more rum,” Turbeville noted.
     Other sessions on Saturday included those by Tom Powers on Horatio Gates and Justin Liles on Nathaniel Greene. Audience members were in for a true delight as noted S.C. Historian Dr. Joseph Stukes donned the persona of John Rutledge and talked about his victories and defeats during the Revolutionary War times. “I was called upon to mitigate the battles between Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter,” Stukes said, as Rutledge. “It didn’t work.”
      Before dinner commenced, Symposium attendees were joined with a large group who had toured Pineville, the home of Hezekiah Maham. The tour was led by Dr. Warner Montgomery, who spoke to the two groups about his own personal hero, Maham.
According to Montgomery, Maham was instrumental in the construction of the tower at Fort Watson here in Clarendon County. Montgomery said that tower led to “the final extinction of the British dominion in South Carolina.”
Dinner included a fascinating presentation by Dr. Karen MacNutt, a Boston attorney who assumed the role of Mary Esther Videau Marion, Francis’ wife. Along with Dr. Christine Swager, in the role of a visiting reporter, the two women discussed Francis’ personality and life at their home in Pine Bluff.
The Symposium would not have been made possible without the generosity of its many sponsors, according to Summers.
“We owe a special debt of gratitude to the individuals and businesses that made this event possible,” he said. “We gratefully recognize the Bank of Clarendon; Jim and Nell Black; Central Carolina Technical College; Edward Jones and Randy Bradshaw; Don Ellis, CPA; Farmers Telephone Coop of Kingstree; Representative Cathy Harvin; Manning IGA and Lamar Kennedy; The Manning Times, NBSC; Prothro Chevrolet Co., Inc. and Lannes Prothro; South Carolina Waterfowl Association and Camp Woodie of Pinewood; and Turbeville IGA Plus and Hugh Smith of Turbeville.”

   Honorable Judge Turbeville reveals Lawyers and the Revolutionium

    You missed a good one, which exceeded our expectations.  
        “Explore the Rev. War Southern Campaign, Marion & his Contemporaries”
      Immerse yourself in Francis Marion's world and learn from his contemporaries:   Horatio Gates, Nathanael Greene, John Rutledge (In person), Hezekiah Maham, as well as the modern applications of Marion; the Significance of Francis Marion; Lawyers and the Revolution; the South Carolina Militia and An Evening in History With Mary Esther Videau, Life at Pond Bluff with the General.
 Approx. Times:  Friday Oct 10, 2008: 2 PM-10 PM and Saturday Oct 11, 2008: 9 AM-10 PM 
6th Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium
Oct 10-11, 2008   “Exploring the Southern Campaign with Marion and His Contemporaries” 

DuBose Campus, Central Carolina Technical College, I-95, Exit 122, ½ mi E US 521, Manning, SC
 Program/Agenda John Rutledge on stage at the Francis Marion Symposium
Friday, October 10, 2008
       C. Swager: Significance of Marion in the eventual defeat of Cornwallis
       G. Summers: An Entrepreneur: Francis Marion lessons in a modern economy
       Depart for Tour Old River Road, Half Way Swamp, Richardson Cemetery
       Reception with Indian Artifacts exhibition and Hors d’oeuvres:  Reception, with a tour of sites and murals enroute.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
      W Turbeville:  Lawyers and the Revolution
      T. Powers presents Horatio Gates
     J. Liles presents Nathanael Greene
     Discussions and Lunch
       S. Bell: The S.C. Militia: From Victory to Defeat & Defeat to Victory
       J. Stukes portrays John Rutledge
       W. Montgomery:  Col. Hezekiah Maham as Patriot, Frontier Soldier, Engineer.
      Displays/ Book Signings
       Dinner and An Evening in Revolutionary War History with Mary Esther Videau (Mrs. General Marion) at Pond Bluff byMary Esther and friend on stage at symposium K. MacNutt and Visitor by C. Swager
 Remember you’re in the backcountry with the militia, so be comfortable. (Casual or Rev. History clothes if you like)
  Inclusions: All Presentations Friday & Saturday
  - Friday – Reception, including heavy Hors D’oeuvres

  - Saturday - Breakfast snacks  - Saturday – Lunch - Saturday - Dinner Theater
   Presentations @ FE DuBose Campus, Central Carolina Technical College, I-95, Exit 122, ½ mi E on US 521, Manning
Questions: George: 803-478-2645, cell: 803-460-9626  or
Mail registration to:  C. Hester: 6th Francis Marion Symposium      
                                    PO Box 667        Manning, SC 29102


Thank you Sponsors 2008:  Bank of Clarendon of Manning; Jim and Nell Black of Manning, DuBose Campus,

Central Carolina Technical College of Manning; Edward Jones, Randy Bradshaw of Manning; Don Ellis, CPA of Manning;

 FTC – Farmers Telephone Coop of Kingstree; Representative Cathy Harvin of Summerton, Manning IGA, Lamar Kennedy of Manning; The Manning Times, NBSC of Manning, Prothro Chevrolet Co., Inc, Lannes Prothro of Manning; South Carolina Waterfowl Association, Camp Woodie  of Pinewood; George & Carole Summers of Manning; Turbeville IGA Plus, Hugh Smith of Turbeville.
  Site: FE DuBose Campus of  Central Carolina Technical College, I-95, Exit 122, ½ mi E on US 521, Manning, SC.
  All events included: $95/person, $165/ Couple, Early Bird Fee by 9/21/08: $85 / person ($155 / couple).

  General Francis Marion Memorial Day
  Enacted by the state of South Carolina May 2, 2007:  
  The twenty-seventh day of February of each year is designated as
   'General Francis Marion Memorial Day' in honor of this South Carolina Revolutionary War hero."

Francis Marion statue in miniature  The best one yet:  October 19-20, 2007: 5th Francis Marion Symposium, Manning, SC
 Fifth Annual Francis Marion Symposium  - 2007                                      by Chris Swager for SCAR
      The fifth Gen. Francis Marion Seminar, held on October 19 and 20, 2007 in Manning, SC, pulled off another all-star performance giving the public interesting scholarship and demonstrations. SCAR author, Scott Withrow, presented his paper on the myths and realities of Francis Marion in the 1761 Cherokee campaign which paper will be published in SCAR. The Friday program ended with information about the marsh tacky horses and included a trip to Silver Lakes Plantation to see them work.
Eric Nason, dressed in period clothing and taking on the persona of Col. Peter Horry, presented an engaging presentation on Gen. Francis Marion’s most trusted lieutenant. In addition to being a major player in the Southern Campaigns from the beginning of the war through the end, Horry became a general of the SC militia after the war, a member of the SC General Assembly, and namesake of one of South Carolina’s 46 counties. Interestingly at the end of the war, Horry was in a political controversy with his peer, Col. Hesikiah Maham. Eric later demonstrated the difference between 18th Century rifles and muskets, the British and American musket drill and some of the usage of edged weapons of the period.
Daniel J. Tortora, a Ph.D. student at Duke University, presented an excellent paper on religion in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War wherein he looked at the experiences of Anglicans, Baptists and Presbyterians. He chronicled early Patriot efforts to secure the support of Anglican clergymen and backcountry Baptists and Presbyterians. He covered the Drayton-Hart-Tennent political mission to the South Carolina backcountry that attempted to sway those residents to join in the rebellion. He traced the constitutional movement to disestablish the Anglican Church and showed how Patriots incorporated religious freedom into the 1778 state constitution. In addition, he described the wartime struggles and divisions of clergy and congregations and detailed the deprivations of South Carolina churches. Religious life was deeply shaken. At war's end, he argued, the Episcopal Church struggled, the Presbyterians slowly rebuilt and the Baptist church united and thrived under the leadership of Revs. Richard Furman and Edmund Botsford as many new churches were constituted.
      Storyteller and author Christine Swager entertained the attendees by telling about Gen. Marion’s life after the September 1781 Battle of Eutaw Springs.
Retired history professor, Joseph Taylor Stukes, gave a dramatic interpretation of SC General Assembly member, Francis Marion, and USC - Sumter history professor, Thomas Powers, replied as US Congressman Thomas Sumter. Both focused on their subject’s post-war political careers. Dr. Powers did an hour in costume as Thomas Sumter and he was magnificent! Dr. Stukes performed for an hour as Francis Marion in his old age wondering how history would record the events of the war - spellbinding. Joe and Tom did an impromptu presentation for the dinner. Marion was on his porch in 1794 when Thomas Sumter, on his way to Charleston, stopped by. The conversation was sharp with Marion prodding Sumter, giving him an opportunity to talk about the war, their mutual disappointment and disgust at the failed 1779 allied Siege of Savannah, the noted personages Sumter had met in Washington, his increasing distrust of the Federalists, and his vision for South Carolina when the canal will allow traffic by water from Charlotte to Charleston.
George Summers announced that the Harvin Foundation will donate $5,000.00 for a living history event at Bob Cooper Park in February 2008 to sponsor every third grader in Clarendon County, SC for a day visiting with colonial era gunsmiths, weavers, tanners, candlemakers, etc. This program is patterned after an Over Mountain Victory Trail event at the Mineral Museum in NC where they bus children in from as far as Charlotte for the day. Chris and Robert Swager, Carole and George Summers, Dickie and Lulie Felder, and some Jack's Creek militia reenactors attended this event in 2007 and decided they needed to provide that opportunity for their local Clarendon County, SC kids. So lots of efforts to 'push back the frontiers of ignorance' succeeded in executing this project.

Earlier Francis Marion Symposium history:  2003-2006 - Click here

Gen. Francis Marion played a major role in the American Revolution.
Many of these engagements took place in the Clarendon County area.
According to Professor Henry Lumpkin about a third of all battles were fought in S.C.
and Marion had a hand in roughly a third of those. 
 During this symposium we want to explore the man, 
the tactics and the effect he had on the overall war effort.

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              Francis Marion Symposiums: I (2003), II (2004), III (2005), IV (2006), V (2007), VI (2008) & 2010, 2011, 2012: 

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 Rev. Encampment & Living History February annually:
"Celebrate Gen. Francis Marion Memorial Day" in Summerton, SC.
Symposium and Encampment featured in SCIWay, South Carolina Information Highway.
Coverage of the Francis Marion Symposium appears in "Smoke & Fire News",
July 2003 & 2005: & annual announcements
and "Carologue", Fall 2003, Publication of SC Historical Society

       Mail to:  Francis Marion Symposium, C. Hester
                     PO Box 667         Manning, SC 29102

    Questions call: 803-478-2645   or E-mail
  Book your own room and advise motel you are attending symposium for the special rates. 
  Transportation and accommodations:  responsibility of attendee.  
   * Schedule subject to change.
  Remember you’re in the backcountry with the militia, so be comfortable.
     Symposium Site:  FE DuBose Campus of  Central Carolina Technical College, I-95, Exit 122, ½ mi E on US 521, Manning, SC.
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