A slave who is forced to fight in a Patriot militia on behalf of his master.
Jeffrey Hartwell’s story is not unique, many slaves fought in place of their wealthy masters during the revolutionary war and some, like him, were granted freedom in return. Some African Americans fought in the hope that ideals of the Revolution would lead to the abolition of slavery. Others may have simply hoped that fighting bravely could earn their own emancipation. Sadly, Jeffrey Hartwell left no records of his own reason for taking up arms.