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PETER KITERIDGE was a former slave who served in the Continental Army for five years. By 1806 he was disabled due to combat-related injuries, and requested assistance for himself, his wife, and their four children. This letter was written on behalf of Peter Kiteridge, who signed it with an “X.”

More than 5,000 African Americans volunteered to fight in the Revolutionary War, linking their futures and freedom to the causes of the colonists. Most fought in racially integrated military regiments, though there were also three all-black military units on the American side of the Revolution. Get transcript

Washington crossing the Delaware. Engraving by Girardet after Emanuel Leutze, 1853 (GLC 05471)

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