The First Civil War
The American Revolution may be more accurately viewed as a series of local civil wars.
The source: “An Evenly Balanced County: The Scope and Severity of Civil Warfare in Revolutionary Monmouth County, New Jersey” by Michael S. Adelberg, in The Journal of Military History, Jan. 2009.
The American Revolution was not a simple matter of downtrodden colonists rising up as one against their British oppressors. Revolutionary fervor was a minority sentiment. President John Adams later estimated that the population split...