The founders of the republic -- Patrick Henry, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and so on and on -- were rebels against what, according to man's reckoning, were the legitimate authorities of the day.
They were, you might say, insurgents. I'm sure that's the kindest term that British officialdom would have applied.
The same term was undoubtedly applied by the Germans of the early 1940s to that part of the French people who carried out guerilla warfare in and around occupied France. No doubt the Germans have words equivalent to "terrorist," "insurgent," and "dead-ender."
Well, God bless the insurgents. And may God give the redcoats a little touch of wisdom, sufficient to inspire them to start marching homeward.