Blacks Patriots fought in the Revolutionary War alongside their white neighbors, about 5,000 total, including Prince Hall, who hoped to improve their white’s perception of their capabilities.
Slaves escaped their masters in all colonies to join the British or flee for freedom amid the chaos of the war.
In South Carolina, about a quarter of it’s slave population, about 25,000, escaped.
By November 1777, the manpower required to continue the war forced a reversal in the policy of exclusion and the Congress authorized the enlistment of any Negro, the term used at the time, be he free or slave. Free men of color were accepted if they had prior military experience (January 1776) and later (January 1777) recruitment was extended to all free blacks.
Among Southern states, only Maryland permitted black troops to serve, so the story of black troops in the Continental Army was that of northern blacks almost exclusively.
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At the end of the war, colonists demanded the return of their property, including slaves, although the British helped many (about 4,000 documented cases) leave the country.
One, Thomas Peters, had run away from slavery in North Carolina to join the British after hearing Dunmore’s proclamation.
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