There were two Blacks by the name of, Prince Whipple and Oliver Cromwell, with Washington when he crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day in 1776.
As Martin Delany put it, the African American were "as ready and as willing to volunteer in your service as any other ”.
The words ‘heterosexual and homosexual” did not surface in the cultural vernacular until the early 1900’s. Cody was as “unprejudiced as a man could be” according to prominent western historians.
Some won recognition and a place in the history of the War of Independence by their outstanding service, although most have remained anonymous.
Unfortunately despite African Americans contributions in the war effort and the large amount of dead Blacks, only very few had gained their freedom.