Washington wasn't a terrorist because A) he won, and B) he was our guy.
I still recall the old Bill Cosby routine about having a coin flip (ala a football game) before the battle.
REF: Captain Washington, this is Captain Cornwallis. Captain Cornwallis, Captain Washington. Captain Cornwallis, you are the visitor, call it in the air. . . . Captain Cornwallis calls heads. . . . it is tails. Captain Washington, you win the toss, what is your choice. . . . . OK, Captain Cornwallis, Captain Washington says that your men have to wear red uniforms, shoot without aiming and march in a straight line . His men will wear earth tones, take careful aim at individual targets, and shoot from behind rocks, trees and bushes.
. . . Have a good battle.