Lord Dunmore Grants Conditional Freedom
Lord Dunmore, the governor of Virginia declares martial law and conditionally grants freedom to all enslaved Afro-Englishmen held in bondage by Patriots.
Washington Bans Enlistment of Free Blacks and Slaves
In July, George Washington announces a ban on the enlistment of free blacks and slaves in the colonial army. By the end of the year, he reverses the ban, ordering the Continental Army to accept the service of free blacks. More than 5,000 blacks, mostly Northerners, fought against the British.