Hard to say what he is best known for, but here are a handful of noteworthy aspects of his legend:
- Father of guerrilla warfare
- A forerunner to the Army Rangers
- Preventing the British from advancing into North Carolina because of his relentless attacks, and hence, indirectly responsible for preventing the British of winning the revolutionary war
- The moniker of "The Swamp Fox", as so dubbed by Banastre Tarleton, a British colonel who relentlessly pursued Francis through the swamps of South Carolina to no avail.