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Many African Americans that fought in the war did not do so because they wanted to During the war if you were drafted it was permissible to buy your way out of army service or to send someone in your place a mercenary Often the cheapest mercenary available was a slave One of the main events preceding the Revolution was the Boston Massacre It was hardly a massacre -- only five people were killed but one of them was an African American Crispus Attucks Even though he was a runaway slave he was buried with the other four martyrs of the massacre And at the first battles of the Revolution Lexington and Concord there were ten African Americans One Prince Easterbrooks was described as the first to get into the fight At the battle of Bunker Hill another early battle the African American Salem Poor performed so well that fourteen officers sent a petition to the legislature declaring that he behaved like an experienced officer as well as an excellent soldier and added that a reward was due to so great and distinguished a character Meltzer 130African Americans played a role on the battle field from the beginning One in particular played an important role at the end of the war The leader of the British Army was General Cornwallis One of Cornwalliss servants was an African American He was also a patriot spy For months he gave Lafayette details concerning Cornwalliss plans This information was invaluable in eventually defeating Cornwallis at Yorktown the final battle of the RevolutionEven though many African Americans played important roles in the American Revolution slavery survived the Revolution intact True in some areas the process of abolition had been accelerated by the ideas of the Revolution but in other areas notably the south slavery not only continued but expanded during the war and afterwards
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