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1775-1900 The History of the Buffalo Soldier Throughout American history Afro-Americans have had to decide whether they belonged in the United States or if they should go elsewhere Slavery no doubtfully had a great impact upon their decisions However despite their troubles African Americans have made a grand contribution and a great impact on our armed forces since the Revolutionary War The Afro-American has fought against its countrys wars and they have also fought the war within their country to gain the right to fight and freedom Americas first war its war for independence from Great Britain was a great accomplishment This achievement could not have been performed if not for the black soldiers in the armies The first American to shed blood in the revolution that freed America from British rule was Crispus Attucks a Black seaman Mullen 9 Attucks along with four white men were killed in the Boston Massacre of March 5 1770 Even though Attucks was a fugitive slave running from his master he was still willing to fight against England along with other whites and give the ultimate sacrifice his life for freedom This wasnt the only incident of Blacks giving it all during the War for Independence From the first battles of Concord and Lexington in 1775 Black soldiers took up arms against the mother country Mullen 11 Of the many Black men who fought in those battles the most famous are Peter Salem Cato Stedman Cuff Whittemore Cato Wood Prince Estabrook Caesar Ferritt Samuel Craft Lemuel Haynes and Pomp Blackman One of the most distinguished heroes o the Battle of Bunker Hill was Peter Salem who according to some sources fired the shot that killed Major John Pitcairn of the Royal Marines But Peter Salem wasnt the only Black hero during the Revolutionary War Another Black man Salem Poor also made a hero of himself at Bunker Hill Because of his bravery at the battle he was commended
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