19. Washington's Irregulars

  1. Edward G. Lengel
  1. John W. Hall

Published Online: 18 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch19

Companion to George Washington, A

Companion to George Washington, A

How to Cite

Hall, J. W. (2012) Washington's Irregulars, in Companion to George Washington, A (ed E. G. Lengel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch19

Author Information

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison WI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331035

Online ISBN: 9781118219935



  • Washington's irregulars;
  • early American warfare, and a resilient American mythology;
  • Washington and Greene, war as a continuum;
  • Weigley's characterization of European warfare, closer scrutiny;
  • armies, in the midst of an “irregular” renaissance;
  • Washington's opinion of white irregulars, less complimentary;
  • American abuses, driving Indians, into the arms of the British;
  • Washington, and inducing the Iroquois, to remain neutral


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • An Ambiguous Legacy

  • An American General

  • The Search for Native Allies

  • The Professional Partisan

  • The Town Destroyer

  • An Army for Every Exigency

  • List of Further Readings