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Yes they did. There were roaming groups of thieves called cowboys and skinners. Both would steal cattle and sell it to either side in the war. The skinners often tortured locals to find where they had hidden valuables and money. The skinners tended towards the Patriot cause, but they were mainly concerned with their own interests and were made up of tramps and bandits.

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