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John Laurens

Born: Oct 28, 1754

Death: Aug 27, 1782

Birthplace: Charleston

Nationality: United States

John Laurens

Date of Birth : Oct 28, 1754
Date of Death : Aug 27, 1782
Birth Place : Charleston

John Laurens was an American soldier and statesman from South Carolina during the American Revolutionary War, best known for his efforts to help recruit slaves to fight for their freedom as soldiers, in addition to his critical views against slavery, which set Laurens apart from many of his compatriots of the time. Although Laurens gained approval from the Continental Congress in 1779 to recruit a brigade of 3,000 slaves by promising them freedom in return for fighting, he was killed in the Battle of the Combahee River in August 1782.


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