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Rioting was a major factor in the United States Revolution, and over 30 armed civilian uprisings were reported from October of 1810 to December of 1811, eight of which were on a citywide scale, lasted a week or more, and resulted in major casualties. Exact casualty numbers are unknown, but there has been wild speculation as to how many people, both British soldiers, patriots, and civilians were killed or wounded in the fighting.
The Patriots would attack government installations in small groups of three to seven, including civilian government buildings, military bases, ammunition depositories, and infrastructure, many times with explosives made from common household materials and gunpowder. This increased tension among the British ranks. Groups of civilians would many times seek out lone British guards, sentries and patrols and ambush them. They would then take their weapons and anything of value and kill them.
The French met little resistance on their march to Charleston, as the British were disorganized, undersupplied, and generally in little condition to resist their French opponents. The French stopped at Charleston, however, as they wished to find an ally in the United States, and did not want to risk suffering the horrible attrition that the British had suffered at the hands of the Americans. They were also unprepared to invade the entire United States, as they lacked the manpower to hold all of America.