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enemy rushed on him, and after a most daring fight
he fell, not till pierced by thirty-three bayonets. L.
Latham had been left at home by his master to care
for the stock when the latter left to help defend the
fort; but as soon as he could unhitch his team he
too made haste to the scene of the fray, and the
above bold deed shows how deeply he felt moved to
give his life in defence of his country.
John Freeman pinned Major Montgomery to
the ground while he was being lifted upon the walls
of Fort Griswold.
Samuel Charlton was in the battle of Monmouth
and several others. Washington complimented him
for his bravery. He returned to his master in New
Jersey after the war, and at his master's death Charl¬
ton, with the other slaves, was set free and given a
pension during his life.
James Armistead acted as scout for LaFayette
in the Virginia campaign. He returned to his mas¬
ter after the surrender of Cornwallis and was set free
by a special act of the Virginia Legislature.
Negro Soldiers in the North enlisted with the
colonies so that they might thus get their freedom
from their Northern masters, while Negro soldiers
in the South enlisted with the British, who promised
freedom to all who would join their ranks.
Did the Negro Soldiers get their freedom after
the war of the Revolution was over ? We may say