Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation



First Advisor

Kenneth G Kelly


During the American Revolution the region around Snow's Island, South Carolina, contained a close-knit colonial community that strongly supported the American Whig resistance against the British. In August of 1780 Francis Marion took command of this community of resistance, or partisan community, consisting of both partisan warriors and civilians, and the region became Marion's base of operations until late March 1781. At that time the British destroyed Marion's base, however, the community continued to support Marion and the American cause until the end of the war. This dissertation examines Marion's partisan community from the anthropological perspective of community theory. It also examines the archaeological landscape of the partisan community around Snow's Island. Finally it discusses how this partisan community was remembered or re-imagined in Antebellum Period literature and history.


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