. The late Dr. Harris
, of Dunbarton, New Hampshire
, a Revolutionary veteran, stated, in a speech at Francistown
, New Hampshire, some years ago, that on one occasion the regiment to which he was attached was commanded to defend an important position, which the enemy thrice assailed, and from which they were as often repulsed.
‘There was,’ said the venerable speaker, ‘a regiment of blacks in the same situation,—a regiment of negroes fighting for our liberty and independence, not a white man among them but the officers,—in the same dangerous and responsible position.
Had they been unfaithful or given way before the enemy, all would have been lost.
Three times in succession were they attacked with most desperate fury by well-disciplined and veteran troops; and three times did they successfully repel the assault, and thus preserve an army.
They fought thus through the war. They were brave and hardy troops.’
In the debate in the New York Convention
of 1821 for amending the Constitution
of the State
, on the question of extending the right of suffrage to the blacks, Dr. Clarke
, the delegate from Delaware County
, and other members, made honorable mention of the services of the colored troops in the Revolutionary army.
The late James Forten
, of Philadelphia
, well known as a colored man of wealth, intelligence, and philanthropy, enlisted in the American
navy under Captain Decatur
, of the Royal
Louis, was taken prisoner during his second cruise, and, with nineteen other colored men, confined on board the