African-Americans—slave and free —served on both sides during the war. The British actively recruited slaves belonging to Patriot masters. Because of manpower shortages, George Washington lifted the ban on black enlistment in the Continental Army in January 1776. Small all-black units were formed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; many were slaves promised freedom for serving. Another all-black unit came from Haiti with French forces. At least 5,000 black soldiers fought for the Revolutionary cause Santee, Ceasar 2 regiment Roll 46 card number 382 Santy, Caesar 3 regiment Pvt Roll 46 card number 400 Scipio, Hill Pvt Roll 46 card number 2625 Terry, Pompey Pvt Roll 51 card number 3688 Santy, Casar 1 Eaton Pvt Seigio, Hill Yarborough Pvt Solomon Duncan, a "Free Black" head of a Princess Anne County household of 5 "other free" in 1810, was a yellow-complexioned blacksmith who was born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, served in the Revolution, and was living in Princess Anne County when he was listed in the size roll of troops who joined at Chesterfield Courthouse. Lemuel Overton was head of Perquimans County household of 2 "other free" in 1790. He was the husband of a slave named Rose and children John and Burdock who were emancipated by order of the North Carolina General Assembly. They were probably his slaves since the owner's name was not stated. He was living in Pasquotank County on 10 July 1820 when he appointed James Freeman his attorney to obtain a land warrant for his services as a soldier in the 10th Regiment of the North Carolina Line. Samuel Overton was a "Molatto" Perquimans County taxable in 1771. and head of a Pasquotank County household of 3 "other free" in 1790, 4 in 1800, and 13 "free colored" in 1820. He was called a "free man of Colour" on 8 March 1825 when he made a declaration in Pasquotank County court to obtain a Revolutionary War pension. He claimed that he was ninety-six years old, the father of a five-year-old boy David and that he had lost all his property by a fire in July 1824. Charles Turner made a declaration in Pasquotank County Court on 4 March 1834 to obtain a pension for his service in the North Carolina Continental Line. He was head of a Pasquotank County household of 4 "other free" in 1790 and 9 in 1810.
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