The regulars was a common military reference to a uniformed army. Further, few of the regulars came to fight American irregulars. We each saw ourselves as British. We were subjects to the same King. With all due respect, few in England wished to shoot at us & vice versa. King George hired the professional Hessian army our of southern Germany to quell the American insurgents. Disloyal subjects are a pesky problem for Kings over the ages.
Paul Revere rode through the alerting certain others... Quietly, as he dare not arose the regulars... the uniformed army... The Redcoats. In turn, those alerted when abut alerting others. Within hours, the network of patriots went about their appointed tasks.
Eventually, most of the armed conflict was fought with the Hessians. Even then, "The Hessians are coming! The Hessians are coming!" never entered the history books. Few dramas written about the Hessians; yet, they were the best private army for hire at the time.
The Battle of Trenton, New Jersey, American Revolution, 25th December 1776
Place: Trenton, New Jersey on the Delaware River
Combatants: Americans against Hessians and British troops
Generals: General George Washington against Colonel Rahl.
Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul ☑
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