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Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War
Details about American Indian and African American patriots` revolutionary war service, including names, states, service background, etc.

African-Americans ended up on both sides of the war
It seemed that the issue of African-Americans in the Continental Army would be settle easily: After taking command in 1775 slave owner George Washington ruled that no black could be recruited to fight. He forgot military realities.

Event will introduce black Revolutionary War hero of Brandywine   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Days after Delaware experienced the Battle of Cooch`s Bridge - the state`s only Revolutionary War fight - the next skirmish made free black man Ned Hector a hero.

Freed slave's story - Revolutionary War hero Salem Poor
Genealogist David Lambert has pieced together new details about freed slave Salem Poor, who, in 1975, got his image on a 10-cent postage stamp because of his heroics at Bunker Hill.

Haitians fought alongside colonial soldiers in American Revolution   (Article no longer available from the original source)
The Haitian American Historical Society is planning a monument in Savannah, Ga., to honor the Haitians who fought alongside colonial soldiers in the siege of Savannah.

Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution
"Seeing the Revolutionary War though the eyes of enslaved blacks turns its meaning upside down," Simon Schama writes; for a vast majority of slaves, "it was the royal, rather than the republican, road that seemed to offer a surer chance of liberty." An ambiguously worded 1772 court decision in London had widely, if wrongly, been perceived as ending slavery in England, and expectations ran high among Colonial slaves. Schama's pages are full of such unlikely tribunes, but also betrayals and setbacks, blood and courage, and shifts of fortune of ex-slaves. Most decisions affecting slaves were grounded in a savage pragmatism born out of military necessity.

Black soldier in the "Cavalry" Regiment of Light Dragoons
On June 11, 1823, John Redman applied for a pension, claiming to be a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He testified that he had been in the First Virginia Regiment of Light Dragoons. The Light Dragoons fought mainly on horseback, using sabers, pistols, and light carbines. A few weeks later, he was granted his pension. But his appeal was anything but ordinary: He was the rarest of breeds: a black patriot - both a free Negro in a nation of slaves and a black man who had fought in a white man's war. Historians estimate that only 5,000 black men served in the Continental Army, whereas tens of thousands fled slavery to join the British.

Project to ID Black soldiers in Revolutionary War
Thousands of black men fought for American independence during the Revolutionary War, yet their actions rarely appear in history books. Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Sons of the American Revolution are hoping to change that with an ambitious project to identify those soldiers. "My concern is that there are many people walking around, like me, who had no idea that I had an ancestor who fought in the Revolution." Of nearly 27,000 members of Sons of the American Revolution, fewer than 30 are black, and of 165,000 Daughters of the American Revolution members, only about 30 are black, Dooley said.

Re-enactors portray black patriots of the Revolutionary War
General George Washington. The Marquis de Lafayette. Hannah Till. All 3 figures contributed to the American colonies' victory over Britain. But the story of Till, a slave who cooked for Washington and his troops during the winter at Valley Forge, has gone untold. Now re-enactors will bring the stories of Till and other black colonials to life at the Valley Forge - the site of the Colonials' 1777-1778 winter encampment. Severe cold and poor resources led to the death of nearly 20% of the men. 5,000 soldiers of African descent served in Washington's army, making it the most integrated US military until Truman desegregated the services after WWII.