January 22, 1776

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In South Carolina, the Council of Safety resolves “that able-bodied Negro men be taken into the public service, and enrolled and employed, without arms for the defense of the several batteries in Charlestown, Fort Johnson, and other batteries; that they be in constant pay at the rate of ten shillings per day; and the public to find them provisions; and suitable rewards shall be given to those slaves who behave well in time of action.

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