By Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
This fictional story is based on a true person. Often hailed as the “Hercules of the Revolution,” Peter Francisco joined the 10th Virginia regiment in 1777 at the age of 16. He went on to become one of the most recognized soldiers of the war. Wounded many times, he recuperated and returned to the fray. Legends of his physical prowess abound. According to one, he carried an 1100 pound cannon on his shoulder from the Battle of Camden to keep it from falling into enemy hands. After the war, Colonel William Mayo presented Peter with a five-foot sword in gratitude for his service. March 15 has been declared Peter Francisco Day in Massachusetts and Virginia.