Cowboys and Skinners
Cowboys and Skinners
COWBOYS AND SKINNERS. The names "cowboys" and "skinners" were applied to marauders operating in the Neutral Ground around New York City from 1776 until the end of the war. Although the names were loosely applied to all lawless bands and individuals, including those of no political affiliation, the cowboys were generally considered to be Loyalists and the skinners rebels. The cowboys' main occupation was stealing cattle and selling them to the British garrison in New York City. The skinners tried to stop the cowboys. Both groups also provided intelligence information about the activities of the other side.
SEE ALSO Neutral Ground of New York.
Crary, Catherine S. "Guerrilla Activities of James De Lancey's Cowboys in Westchester County: Conventional Warfare or Self-Interested Freebooting?" In The Loyalist Americans: A Focus on Greater New York. Edited by Robert A. East and Jacob Judd. Tarrytown, N.Y.: Sleepy Hollow Restorations, 1975.
Lossing, Benson J. The Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution. 2 vols. 1851. Reprint, Rutland, Vt.: C. E. Tuttle Co., 1972.
Ward, Harry M. Between the Lines: Banditti of the American Revolution. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2002.
revised by Harold E. Selesky
"Cowboys and Skinners." Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History. . Encyclopedia.com. (April 8, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/cowboys-and-skinners
"Cowboys and Skinners." Encyclopedia of the American Revolution: Library of Military History. . Retrieved April 08, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/cowboys-and-skinners
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.