November 25, 2019 Share

‘They Were Good Soldiers,’ African Americans Serving in the Continental Army (1775-1783)

‘They Were Good Soldiers,’ African Americans Serving in the Continental Army (1775-1783)

Photo courtesy of Old Barracks Museum

Trenton, NJ— The role of African-Americans, most free but some enslaved, in the regiments of the Continental Army is not well-known; neither is the fact that relatively large numbers served in southern regiments and that the greatest number served alongside their white comrades in integrated units. John Rees will discuss black soldiers’ acceptance, service, and experiences during and after the War for American Independence, focusing on those who served in Continental regiments. African American women with the army will also be featured, as will the only known wartime letter written by a black Revolutionary soldier.

‘They Were Good Soldiers’ lecture will be held on December 27, at 1 PM. For more information call 609-396-1776 or visit This free event is hosted by the Old Barracks Museum and is part of Patriots Week, a week-long celebration of Trenton’s revolutionary history. Visit for more information on this and other events.

ABOUT THE OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM: The Old Barracks Museum preserves the history of a building that was built as a French and Indian War military barracks and used as a Revolutionary War military hospital. It stood witness to Washington’s crucial victory at the Battle of Trenton. In 1903, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized The Old Barracks Association and spearheaded a campaign to fund a major restoration, in partnership with the State of New Jersey. The building has been used as a museum for over a century and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum welcomes visitors from across the state as well as around the world.