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Children's LiteratureGeorge Washington ordered two Rhode Island regiments, but there were only enough men for one. When General James Varnum suggested they enlist slaves, the Rhode Island legislator discussed the matter and eventually passed an act creating a new First Rhode Island Regiment known as the Black Regiment. Brennan provides the background for this historic act and then describes their contributions to the 1778 Battle of Rhode Island, the Battle of Yorktown, and what happened to the men in the regiment following the war. Sidebars include various views of historians on the importance of the Battle of Rhode Island, information on the effectiveness of muskets, and the number of slaves who fought on both the American and British sides. A glossary and index are included, as well as books, websites and historical parks to visit. The illustrations show soldiers in battle as well as in camp. There are several maps with timelines. This book provides information on the importance of the Black Regiment to the Revolutionary War effort and its contribution toward emancipation. 2004, Moon Mountain Publishing, Ages 9 to 12.