The Congressional Committee meeting with General George Washington agrees to accept the Penobscot, Stockbridge, and St. John’s Indian tribes, offers of assistance, allowing them to be employed in the army if this becomes necessary. However, the committee also decides to exclude African Americans. This may well have been Washington’s desire at the time. As the war goes on, however, Washington will quickly decide that he will accept African Americans – or anybody else who can help. African-Americans become a large part of the army, which is the only integrated army until World War II.
You can hear more about George Washington and his relationships with Native Americans and with African Americans from Bow Tie Tours, from our Independence Tour, or our George Washington’s footsteps tour.