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African Americans in the Revolutionary War

By the year 1779, African Americans,comprised about one in seven of General George Washington's Army. About one thousand runaway slaves fought for King George III,Great Britain.
According to historian Thomas Fleming, The Continental Line " was more integrated than any American force in history, except the troops who fought in Viet Nam and the Gulf War.
General Washington asked Congress to allow his Black veterans to remain and to be able to reenlist and Congress approved this action, but retained the ban on new recruits. This decision enabled Salem Poore to remain in the Army and fight at White Plains, New York in October,1776 and suffer the winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in the winter of 1777-78. As a result, Blacks, except for veterans were officially excluded from the Continental Army. Circumstances would soon cause the Continentals and the Militia to ignore the restrictions.
Yet today there are only a handful of African American DAR members, due to the past practices of the DAR and the difficulty of African Americans to retrieve their family history and documents to prove their relationship and paternity.
In Mecklenburg County, Virginia, there were at least six free African Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War and some were granted Land Bounty Warrants by Virginia for military services in the War For Independence.
Robert W. Chavers 100 acres
John Chavers 100 acres
James Chavers 100 acres
James Chavious 100 "
Samuel Chavers 100 "
John Stuart Brandom (land Bounty unknown)
Thomas Evans "
William Guy "
Richard Spinner "

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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