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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) [Certification of Romeo Smith's status as a freeman]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02929 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Autograph document signed Date: 9 January 1784 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Certifies that Smith has served in the army for three years. Writes "Any person attempting to circumvent or trepan him as a slave will incur the severest penalty of the Law and the indignation of Heaven."

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Military History, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Continental Army, African American Troops, Slavery, Morality and Ethics, Law, Military Law

Sub Era: The War for Independence