>They didn't receive their beating orders as a unit until
>Sept. of 1777. That is a good two years or more than when Rebel units
>were officially active.
The South was about the closest thing to a modern day guerilla
war. It would fit in nicely with the way they fought in Viet Nam.
Militias are the citizen soldiers. Depending on the area, that
would mean a Loyalist soldier or a Patriot soldier. There were places in
the two Carolinas that you did not go into if you were from the wrong
political persuasion, just like in a modern war. Where I am sitting
right now (Barbecue, North Carolina), was a heavy Loyalist area. You
didn't go through here speaking of the King's Tyranny, and not get shot
at. (Fanning lived right down the road).
The British adopted something very similiar to our strategic
hamlet program from Viet Nam. They moved into the countryside and found
the Loyalist militias. They then organized them into a force, and moved
them closer to the posts if they needed to. The Loyalist militias would
live off the people in their area, however if he went through a Patriot
area they would end up stealing, or bullying his way into supplies.
These militias were in place from the first shots fired. They
had been in place since their formation in the 1760s to fight in the
Cherokee Indian War.
Your situation is different. I take it you are from New York or
Massachussetts. There you were surrounded by a sea of Patriots and had
to wait for the Regulars to show up before you could act (1777 or so).
Down here it was ripe for the picking. This is why the first British
strategy, after getting kicked out of Boston, was to move into the South
and link up with all the Loyalists down here. They tried to take
Wilmington, NC by using the Loyalists on the land side, and the British
Navy from the sea side (and the Indians keeping the frontiersmen
occupied). However the Loyalists moved to quick. The Patriot militia
was able to devote their entire force against them at Moore's Creek
Bridge. When the British showed up there was no Loyalist support. The
Brits then tried to go into Charleston. However Charleston was about the
most fortified place in North America at that point in time. Their
intelligence didn't let them know that.
After losing at Fort Sullivan they then decided to devote their
energy into taking New York. Left us alone for about 3 years too.
When they came South the second time in 1780 they didn't do much
better. Capturing the cities was easy. The hard part was subduing the
people. Not possible with the manpower they had. Its kind of like
Hitler trying to subdue the Yugoslavians, or the Soviet Union trying to
subdue the Afghans. Its easy to capture the cities. However the
guerillas just vanish into the mountains (or swamps) and you have to
devote an incredible amount of manpower to search them out.
I often wonder why the Brits didn't pull out of America by 1780.
It must have been obvious that it was all but impossible to win in North
America (with France, Spain, and Netherlands making it a global war). I
figure it was another ego thing. They couldn't back down, and they
couldn't win either (kind of like modern day Ireland).
Well, enough rambling.
2nd Regiment of the North Carolina Line
>Honour the King
Richard or Elvis?
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