Parties: The Cherokee did not have armies. Instead, they had
bands of war parties that each had 5-100 warriors.
They used hand-to-hand combat as well as arrows.
and Run: Their technique was to hit and run. Once
they hit, the band scattered in several directions. You could only
chase after a couple of the groups, and the rest could be following,
ready to catch you in a trap. Cherokee enemies soon learned not to
follow the scattered band. Later, the band would regroup and return.
Just because they scattered did not mean you had won.
The Cherokee were brilliant at setting up traps to
lead their enemy into places where they could be killed without
endangering Cherokee warriors. One such trap was to send in slaves
and captives dressed like Cherokee warriors. An enemy army would
think they had a Cherokee band surrounded, when actually, they were
the ones being surrounded as they moved in on the fake Cherokee
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