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From Slave To Revolutionary War Officer

January 26th, 2020 Posted by African American Revolutionary War History, revolutionary war No Comment yet

So much of African American history is unknown or forgotten. One place where this is prevalent is in American Revolutionary War history. The contributions of African American soldiers date back to the earliest days of this nation. One such historical figure emerges out of Lord Dunsmore’s Ethiopian regiment. That figure was an escaped slave from New Jersey named Titus. This man would join up with Lord Dunsmore. In time, he would come to be known as Colonel Tye.

Meet Colonel Tye: African American Revolutionary War Officer

Colonel Tye would go on to become a capable soldier of the Revolutionary War. Those on the battlefield would know him by his use of unconventional and aggressive tactics. By modern terms Tye used these guerrilla style strategies to wage war against the Colonial Patriots. Tye would command hundreds of soldiers on raids that freed slaves, captured supplies, and inflicted casualties against the rebellion by the thirteen colonies.

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He Was Promoted To The Rank Of Captain Of The Ethiopian Regiment And Commander Of The Black Brigade

Colonel Tye used his knowledge of the American countryside and his commando style abilities to damage the progress of the Colonial Army against the British. This made him a formidable tactician for the loyalists. His actual rank was that of captain, and he served under Lord Dunmore. Tye also worked with the Queen’s Rangers, another guerilla style loyalist band, to keep military pressure on the Colonial Army.

Freeing Slaves During The Revolutionary War

Colonel Tye commandeered loyalists to free other slaves on the American continent. In addition to raids against Colonial positions and troops, Tye used his bravado and position as a military officer to help the enslaved who also were in a different type of fight for freedom. Regardless of the outcome of the war,  Tye’s contributions helped free the disenfranchised, making him a true American hero.

African amerian history tour in williamsburgTye’s Injury

Tye sustained an injury on an attack in 1780. He would contract lockjaw from the laceration. This eventually cost him his life.

 

 


Sources

Brenton, Felix. “Colonel Tye (1753-1780) •.” •, 29 May 2019, www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/people-african-american-history/colonel-tye-1753-1780/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Revolutionary War: Victory At Yorktown

August 2nd, 2017 Posted by revolutionary war, victory, yorktown No Comment yet

Past A Turning Point

For years General Washington had a strategy of survival. His mantra was that even if you couldn’t win against the British in open battle, he could choose not to lose. What I mean by this is as long as the British armies could not openly defeat and decimate the Colonial Army, they could continue to fight on and on in a war of attrition.  He knew the longer he could prolong the fighting, the greater the chance of victory as the British army would run low on energy, manpower, supplies and just a general will to win. In the end he was right. It did get to that point as he was able to recruit Allies to help the developing nation and overwhelm a weary British force. revolutionary war difficulty

September marks that turning point in the paths of the Colonial American colonies and the British Empire. And it was culminated with a brilliant strategic move by General Washington and General Rochambeau of France to trap the British at Yorktown. Wedging them between the Continental Army on the land and the French Armada by sea forced them to surrender as they became overwhelmed by artillery. The battle alone is a huge strategic victory over well trained, well disciplined forces that would govern a huge number of countries in the world all through the 19th century.

But it was something much bigger than that. We had delivered a titanic blow to the British Empire as they began their rise to Colonial Expansion worldwide.  They would come to dominate the 19th century, with interests in Africa Asia and even North America.

It would certainly be a blow that the British were not going to forget anytime soon. In fact another war would break out in 1812 as the British actually invaded young America. Naturally, we resisted and were victors in this conflict as well. Truly the saying that freedom isn’t free is accurate.

colony struggleYears of struggle

Victory at Yorktown was not an easy one. The area stands as a monument to the eventual triumph of the colonies. But the years leading up to this outcome were marked by struggle and doubt. There was no guarantee that it would be an overwhelming victory like in Yorktown.

In fact when you see Colonial Williamsburg you see a beautiful microcosm of a gorgeous Colonial day. You don’t see the day in and day out struggle that many of these colonists faced in wartime.

Our tours are designed to give you real history. History is not neat and orderly. It is a mark of struggle, sacrifice and is often brutal. Our tours give you the real dimensions of  history and history is not gentile. This is a contrast from “historical marketing” or the reshaping of history to fit what certain groups want which you may have experienced elsewhere.


REVOLUTIONARY WAR – SEPTEMBER 1781

Your Bibliography: Revolutionarywararchives.org. (2017). Revolutionary War – September 1781. [online] Available at: http://www.revolutionarywararchives.org/49september1781.html[Accessed 21 Jul. 2017].

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Our View To The Revolutionary War Through Colonial Williamsburg

March 27th, 2017 Posted by revolutionary war, start of No Comment yet

revolutionary warThe fear of losing your guns is not a new concept started in recent political battles of the 21st century. An entire world, an entire nation, was forged when in April 1775 the British went to seize a local militia arsenal. Without guns, the Patriots would have no future chance to ever challenge the crown. Violence ensued and the Revolutionary conflict began.

But The Revolution Did Not Mean Smooth Sailing For The Colonies

Some misnomers about the revolutionary war. This was not a United Nation. We wanted freedom but we only wanted it for certain groups which was a bizarre paradox. We also didn’t completely agree as a colony whether we should go to war. In fact almost a third of the population were Tories or people who still supported the crown. This left another third deciding to stay neutral due to the potential for retribution if the side they selected lost the war. But One third of the population in the colonies that was adamant that they would fight England for independence.

revolutionary war unrestWar Support Was Not Universal, In Fact It Was Not Even A Majority

It is a strange parallel to today. The idea that a minority faction of the United States population was so passionate that they would change the political climate for everyone is amazing. Even more amazing was the fact that they succeeded against a crown without a majority of colonial support. The military ramifications of war with England were seemingly heavily lopsided in favor of English victory.

The Sun Never Sets..

The English were emerging as the great empire to come in the 19th century. At the end of the 19th century the saying ‘the sun never sets on the British empire’ would be common dogma in other nations. This was an aggressive expansionist nation, very adept at settling new lands and keeping order in them. Insurrections were not new to them, and one of their new world colonies having an uprising would be something they could suffocate quickly and regain firm control of this land.

On top of that a commander who had not had a successful military career when in the employ of the British empire would be in charge. That man was George Washington and it is safe to say the British did not revere him as a great general.

Colonial Williamsburg is our link to the past

And the war would be felt everywhere, including Colonial Williamsburg in a seemingly peaceful settlement. This town gives us a chance to see a dimensional view of the world that would harbor this revolution and the people who would support it, oppose it, or stay neutral. It is a living recreated historical microcosm of the world of the colonies around the time of the American Revolution. Battles in the future would be fought here and this link to the past is a great way to get new insights to day to day life in this conflict.

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