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Patriots of Color.

General Information Regarding the Revolutionary War

Boatner, Mark M., III. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 1994.

Savas, Theodore P. and J. David Dameron. A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution. New York: Savas Beatie LLC, 2006.

General Information Regarding Patriots of Color

Aptheker, Herbert. The Negro in the American Revolution. New York: International Publishers Co., Inc, 1940.

Egerton, Douglas R. Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2009.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. “Native Sons of Liberty.” New York Times. 6 August 2006.

Kaplan, Sidney and Emma N. Kaplan. Revised edition. The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1989.

Lanning, Michael, L. African Americans in the Revolutionary War. New York: Citadel Press, 2000.

Nell, William C. The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution: With Sketches of Several Distinguished Colored Persons, to which is Added a Brief Survey of the Condition and Prospects of Colored Americans. 1855. Reprint, n.p.: Kessinger Publishing, no date.

Quarles, Benjamin. The Negro in the American Revolution. 1961. Reprint with new Foreword and Introduction, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Military Organization


Berg, Fred A. Encyclopedia of Continental Army Units Battalions, Regiments and Independent Corps. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 1972.

Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution April, 1775, to December, 1783. 1932. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2003.

Sanchez-Saavedra, E. M. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations in the American Revolution, 1774-1787. 1978. Reprint, Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books, no date.

State of New Jersey. Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War. 1872. Reprint, n.p.: Kirtasbooks, no date.

Trussell, John B. B. The Pennsylvania Line: Regimental Organization and Operations, 1775-1783. Second edition. Harrisburg: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1993.

Wright, Robert K., Jr. The Continental Army. Army Lineage Series. Washington, DC: Center of Military History, U. S. Army, 1986.


Callahan, Edward W., editor. List of Officers of the Navy of the United States and of the Marine Corps from 1775 to 1900. 1901. Reprint, Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 2009.

Clark, William B. George Washington's Navy: Being an Account of his Excellency's Fleet in New England Waters. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1960.

Coggins, Jack. Ships and Seamen of the American Revolution — Vessels, Crews, Weapons, Gear, Naval Tactics, and Actions of the War for Independence. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 1969.

Kaminkow, Marion and Jack Kaminkow, compilers. Mariners of the American Revolution. 1967. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1993.

Miller, Nathan. Sea of Glory: A Naval History of the American Revolution. Charleston: The Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America, 1974.

Patton, Robert H. Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008.

Stewart, Robert A. The History of Virginia's Navy of the Revolution. 1934. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1993.

Volo, James M. Blue Water Patriots: The American Revolution Afloat. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2006.

Loyalists of Color

Pybus, Cassandra. Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.

Also see Dr. Pybus's web site Black Loyalist -