Connecticut Line Note Signed by African American Revolutionary War Soldier Tuis SharperInv# CT1062
Tuis Sharper was a African American Private in the Sixth Connecticut Regiment among several other regiments during the American Revolution. Very rarely do these come signed by the soldier as many were not able to read or write. The majority of them come signed as “…his X mark…” or not signed at all. This is an extraordinary piece of African American Revolutionary history.
Sharper was under Captain Martin Kirtland’s Company in the Connecticut Battalion formly of Colonel William Douglass, deceased. Later the Battalion was commanded by Lt. Col. David Dimon. He was also in a Foot Regiment commanded by Col Return Jonathan Meigs. Also under Captain David Humphrey’s 6th Regiment Connecticut Forces later commanded by Lt. Col. Ebenezer Gray. It is clearly stated in Sharper’s records that he first appeared on a muster roll on August 31 was enlisted on May 30, 1777 on a term of 3 years. Sharper was captured as prisoner on October 31, 1777 and returned from captivity on July 24, 1778. He was listed as discharged May 1, 1780. Also shows that Sharper reenlisted on April 3, 1781 for another 3 year term in the 2nd Regiment under Col. Heman Swift. He last appears on a pay roll as of May 1, 1783 in the 3rd Connecticut Regiment of Officers Non Commssioned and Privates.
Over 5,000 African Americans served in the Revolutionary War and only several dozen of these have survived to this day. Quite Amazing.