This is a discussion of Soldiers of Color, in the Revolutionary War. I am writing about my ancestors and the Battles they participated in. This is an open discussion board, so please feel free to share information.
I am a descendant of Charles Lewis, who was a Seamen, and Soldier. He and his brother, Ambrose Lewis signed up first as Seamen in Fredericksburg, and then as Soldiers. They were Free Persons of Color, born in King George County Virginia, before going to Fredericksburg. In 1771 the brothers were sentenced to serve twenty year indentures (because of their status as Mulattoes), and sent to Fredericksburg. They were in Fredericksburg working on the Galley Page, when the Revolutionary War broke out. They were beginning Seamen at that time, and remained on the Galley after joining the War. Later they transferred to the Dragon Ship, and continued patrolling along the Rappahannock. The Dragon saw little action, during the Lewis brothers tour. They completed three years service as Seamen, and then signed on as Soldiers.
They signed with Captain Hollidays Company and Militia in Spotsylvania County, under General Gates. The Battle at Camden was a crushing defeat for Gates and the unit. They faced an army of British Soldiers who were better trained and equipped. Many of the young soldiers deserted, or were killed, but Charles and Ambrose stayed and fought. Ambrose Lewis was shot nine times and bayonneted clean through. He was also taken Prisoner on a British Prison Ship, and held until the end of the War. It is more than a probability that the British patched Ambrose up after he was taken prisoner. Thankfully the war did not go on that much longer, as Washington and additional troops were preparing for the biggest battle of the war. They were at Yorktown, and The Siege of Yorktown, would go down as the winning battle of the Revolution. Ambrose Lewis lived a long productive life (b. abt. 1758, d.1834), as did Charles (b. abt. 1756, d. aft. 1808).
John Pinn was a Soldier of Color, who fought at, The Siege of Yorktown. Joining him in battle was his father, Robert Pinn, brothers, Jim and Billy, and Uncle Rawley Pinn. The Pinn's were Natives, who originated from Indian Town in Lancaster County Virginia. Another Native at the Battle was John Redcross, a good friend and in-law of Rawley Pinn. Rawley served out of Amherst County Virginia, where he settled after leaving Lancaster County. He served under Daniel Gaines, in a unit commanded by Colonial William Cabell. The unit marched out of Amherst County in September of 1780, headed for Yorktown. They joined with another unit headed by Colonial Marquis De Lafayette, and continued their journey. Washington's plan was to surrounded the British and his timing was perfect. The British had a false sense of security seeing Washington's small forces. The look on their faces when they were surrounded must have been priceless.