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  •  Well, not entirely. (0+ / 0-)
    Things got to the point that the only thing that could be done was to sandwich the militia between two divisions of Continental forces left with orders to shoot the first deserter. The only hope was to make the militia more fearful of their own forces than the opposing forces.
    The nation did not understand the militia was totally useless until the War of 1812. See for example the Battle of Bladensburg.

    Oddly enough, seagoing militia -- privateers -- were very effective in both wars, but especially 1812.

    Also, FWIW, the militia was used to great effect in the Battle of Cowpens. By pretending to flee they took the British regulars into a trap.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 05:24:17 PM PST

    •  The continental general was David Morgan. (0+ / 0-)

      I had to look it up.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 05:26:02 PM PST

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    •  As I said (0+ / 0-)
      The militia did help to win the Revolution, but it wasn’t as pretty or noble as some today want it to sound. The degree of impact they had, and lessons learned by the Founders from it, are greatly exaggerated.
      And Washington and others were fully aware of their shortcomings before 1812.

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