Daniel Morgan: Revolutionary Rifleman
On the vast distances and rough terrain of the Revolutionary War, the tactics that Daniel Morgan had learned in Indian fighting--the thin skirmish line, the strain upon individual marksmanship, the hit-and-run mobility--were an important component of his success as a commander. He combined this success on the battlefield with a deep devotion to the soldiers serving under him. Inside a conflict that abounded in essential personalities, Morgan's was one of the very most colorful. Illiterate, uncultivated, and contentious, he nevertheless combined the resourcefulness of a frontiersman with a native present as a tactician and leader. His rise from humble origins gives forceful testimony to the democratic spirit of the new America.