the vessel with tears in his eyes, and gave himself up to despair.
The warm-hearted foreigner witnessed his emotion, and, inquiring into the cause of it, took his last dollar from his purse and gave it to him, with tears of sympathy trickling down his cheeks.
Overwhelmed with gratitude, the poor wounded soldier hailed the sloop and was received on board.
As it moved out from the wharf, he cried back to his noble friend on shore, ‘God Almighty bless you, Master Baron!’
‘In Rhode Island
,’ says Governor Eustis
in his able speech against slavery in Missouri
, 12th of twelfth month, 1820, ‘the blacks formed an entire regiment, and they discharged their duty with zeal and fidelity.
The gallant defence of Red Bank, in which the black regiment bore a part, is among the proofs of their valor.’
In this contest it will be recollected that four hundred men met and repulsed, after a terrible and sanguinary struggle, fifteen hundred Hessian troops, headed by Count Donop
The glory of the defence of Red Bank, which has been pronounced one of the most heroic actions of the war, belongs in reality to black men; yet who now hears them spoken of in connection with it?
Among the traits which distinguished the black regiment was devotion to their officers.
In the attack made upon the American
lines near Croton River
on the 13th of the fifth month, 1781, Colonel Greene
, the commander of the regiment, was cut down and mortally wounded; but the sabres of the enemy only reached him through the bodies of his faithful guard of blacks, who hovered over him to protect him, every one of whom was