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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Nero Hawley, Soldier and Scout

Nero Hawley by Sofia G.

Nero Hawley was very brave and he made a big difference in the Revolutionary War.

Nero Hawley was born into slavery and had a terrible childhood. He was born in 1742 and he was given to Daniel Hawley at the age of seventeen and took on his last name. Hawley worked at a grist mill, a cider mill, and a brick making place. All were the property of Daniel Hawley.

Nero Hawley had many roles in the Revolutionary War. Hawley was in the Continental Army because he fought for the freedom that he was promised. He fought in the battle of
Montmouth and the battle of Stony Point. Hawley also spent the winter of 1777-1778 in Valley Forge. Most of Hawley's duties were as a scout.

After the war Nero Hawley settled down and had a easy life. Hawley got married to Peg,
a servant to Reverend James Beebee. He had seven children, five before he served in the army
and two afterwords. Hawley became a brick maker and eventually owned five acres of land. He
got paid forty dollars every year. Hawley died in 1817 at the age of seventy five, a free slave.
Nero Hawley was considered a Revolutionary hero. He deserves to be recognized by

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