Sunday, November 3, 2013

The War of 1812

We were there, on land and on sea, on both sides. An excellent PBS program on the naval side reveals the extent to which Africans participated in the British Navy.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Victory at Monmouth - We Were There

1st Rhode Island Regiment Re-enactors

(1st RI) This year is the 235th Battle of Monmouth. Anniversary commemoration, A detachment of the 1st Rhode Island  Regiment played and important role in the Continental Army's victory.  An estimated 900 black soldiers in various units fought. The 1st RI distinguished itself at what would be one of the largest and deadliest engagements of the American Revolution. The story of black soldiers in this war is complex and often difficult to document. Here is a reprint of  a correspondence that gives a sense of  the discussion around this topic. Read more..