Brown University professor Megan Kate Nelson examines guerrilla warfare in the American Civil War. Guerrilla warfare is largely characterized by its tactics, including ambushes and surprise raids on unsuspecting troops and towns. There were bands of guerrilla soldiers fighting on both the Union and Confederate sides during the Civil War. These small bands of men on horseback were very nimble and difficult to capture, especially Confederate guerrillas who often did not wear uniforms and blended back into the population after an attack. Brown University is in Providence, Rhode Island.
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