African American Soldiers in the Revolution

Get the popcorn ready for another miniseries about the American RevolutionBoston 1775 reports that work has begun on The Book Of Negroes…it will air will air on BET and on CBC in Canada.”The story centers on Aminata Diallo, who is taken by slave raders from West Africa to South Carolina. It follows her through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the jungles of Sierra Leone, before she ultimately secures her freedom in England in the early 1800s…”

There were, in fact, a substantial number of African Americans and Native Americans who served in the American Revolution, as the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution reminds us with this post highlighting the controversial (especially to the southern colonies) practice of enlisting African Americans and Native Americans into the continental Army. The post also includes a link to a comprehensive listing of minority soldiers who served in the war.

What’s that you say? How many from New England? Glad you asked. By our count:

  • Connecticut – 955
  • Maine – 198
  • Massachusetts – 1,535
  • New Hampshire – 202
  • Rhode Island – 898
  • Vermont – 25

Think you know someone on that list? You can look them up in this report, provided by the society.


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