Sometimes, however, picket duty was but another name for sharpshooting and bushwhacking of the most dangerous and deadly sort.
Calling the citizens together, I said to them that this bushwhacking must cease.
But here I was disarmed, and after an hour's march seated among them bushwhacking in an old cabin on a hillside.
A bushwhacking war was waged by the outlaws for more than three years.
That means the troops from Lorient, and a wretched lot of bushwhacking and guerrilla work.
Momentarily, he slowed his pace, thinking he was ripe for a bushwhacking job.
There was considerable unrest due to border “bushwhacking” throughout the war, and several skirmishes took place here in 1864.
Its would-be leading men are old miners or refugees from the bushwhacking district whence they were driven by the civil war.
He asked Lou and Becky and all the servants if he hadn't been bushwhacking.
After you saved my hide from the skunks who tried to ambush me I turn around and show my gratitude by bushwhacking you.
also bush-whacker, 1809, American English, literally "one who beats the bushes" (to make his way through), perhaps modeled on Dutch bosch-wachter "forest keeper;" see bush (n.) + whack (v.). In American Civil War, "irregular who took to the woods" (1862), variously regarded as patriot guerillas or as freebooters. Hence bushwhack (v.), 1837; bushwhacking (1826).
[1860s+; fr the action of cutting the bush in order to get through the forest or along an overgrown stream]