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Rethinking the Guerrilla War in Georgia with Gerald Flinchum

Rethinking the Guerrilla War in Georgia with Gerald Flinchum.

For nearly a century and a half, Guerrillas were considered a sideshow as part of Civil War history. It was generally thought that Irregular Warfare had little impact on the war and information on guerrilla activities was isolated to the biographies of famous partisans or post-war infamous outlaws.

Defining the guerrillas or irregulars in Georgia was often a difficult task with a multitude of references to Scouts, Regulators, Partisan Rangers, State Cavalry, Home Guards, Tories, Deserters, Outlaws, and Bushwhackers. Identification of such a wide range of irregulars was equally difficult where they were described as mounted men that used a wide range of weapons and did not generally wear military uniforms. When they did, however, many wore uniforms of the enemy for the purpose of deception. These men deployed the tactics of ambush, raiding, hit and run attacks, and used civilians as a shield in the center of their battlefield. When guerrillas fought localized skirmishes, they were often motivated by diverse issues; politics, plunder, profit or revenge.

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