George Washington, a man not greatly known at the time was appointed General of the American National Army. He had been a soldier before in his life, but his missions had not succeded. In the battle for Long Island, he noticed the fact that he could not order this army as a uripean army General might. These men he was ordering, well most all of them had never been a soldier before, and weren't used to army commands and expectations. Plus, his army was basically twice as small as the British's army was. His new tactics were to fight in small swirmishes, and retreate quickly.