Guerilla Tactics In The Revolutionary War

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Parmentier WOSSE 18-003 INSURGENCY The Revolutionary war was a catalyst to bring a nation together and introduce insurgency and guerilla tactics to help beat a more formidable opponent. Insurgency tactics used by the militia brought the British Army to a point of shame, and dismay, by disrupting and wearing down the fighting spirit of the British. We will look at the first insurgency and how militiamen, made of farmers and tradesmen, used insurgency, and guerilla tactics, to wear down the British army and help the Colonial army, win the war. Phase one- Survival: This is the building phase where you will gather your like-minded with the same beliefs and ideals and equip them. This process had already been accomplished at this point. Many had…show more content…
They wanted to be a country of an independent and democratic government, to govern themselves and have a prospect of self-worth under a system that would give them equality. Phase two- Small Scale Offensive: The first small scale offensive took place on April 19, 1775 in the town of Lexington and Concord. General Thomas Gage, a commander in the of the British North America was to make a raid of ammunition and arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams who were known radicals. General Gage’s men consisted of infantrymen and grenadiers and were elite soldiers. An advanced guard of 240 British soldiers met a small number of militia of seventy local farmers armed with muskets. The militia commanded by Captain John Parker knew he needed to keep the advantage and told his men “Don’t fire unless fired upon!” (Boot, 2013). Shots were fired and the British killed eight of the militia and the militia fell back. The…show more content…
Regulars and militia focusing on small groups of soldiers on scouting missions, making it hard to replenish supplies drove the British from New Jersey. After losing in the north the British moved to the Carolinas taking Charleston. With no Continental army left to fight, a group of veteran militia, of the Cherokee War played a very important part in fighting the British. They employed tactics using raids on the Loyalist and then hiding in the swamps and forests of the Carolina countryside. The tattered Continental army along with militia used conventional and non-conventional warfare to weaken the strength of the British driving them out of South Carolina. After years of fighting the Americans, the British ended up in Yorktown in 1781. The French came to the aid of the Americans, which led to a British surrender. The final victory was accomplished by regular army troops, but this could not have happened without the help of irregulars from South

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