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Monday, April 29, 2013

Agrippa Hull, Continental Army soldier

Agrippa Hull by Christina D.

Agrippa Hull broke many African American stereotypes associated with the Revolutionary era.

Agrippa Hull had a difficult childhood. Hull was born free in Northampton, Massachusetts on March 7, 1759. Hull's father died when Hull was a toddler. When Hull was five, his mother sent him to Stockbridge, Massachusetts with a former African American servant named Joab. There, he lived with a free black farming family.

Agrippa Hull deserves just as much recognition as any other soldier in the Revolutionary
War. He enlisted into the Continental Army at age eighteen, and Hull served six years and two
months in the war. Hull had seen the the surrender of the British General John Burgoyne during the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge. Hull was in the most intense phase of the war in North Carolina in 1780. By the time the southern part of the war ended in May 1883, Agrippa Hull had been in nearly every important battle. For his long service and bravery he earned a badge of
honor. He had served as a Patriot.

Agrippa Hull had had a good life after the war. After fighting, Hull moved back to
Stockbridge. Hull bought an acre of land just across the Housatonic river, then extending it with
more and more land being bought. Eventually, he became Stockbridge's largest black landowner.
Later, he married Jane Darby, and had four children. He died in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on
May 21, 1848 at age ninety-one.

Agrippa Hull was a very devoted patriot and he risked his life time and time again. He
had been in some of the most important fighting in the Revolutionary War.
Hull had been in almost every large battle proving that African Americans were just as important
to the Patriotic cause as everybody else.

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