Martin Black

Martin Black (born c. 1751) – Black originally joined the 10th North Carolina Regiment in New Bern, whereupon his commanders marched him to Georgetown for inoculation against smallpox.1 The procedure gave Black lifetime immunity from an epidemic disease that killed one-third of everyone who caught it naturally. At Valley Forge, commanders reassigned Black to the 2d North Carolina to make up for deficiencies in brigade strength.2 Black fought at Monmouth Courthouse and Stony Point, and he was present at West Point before the British captured him in May 1780 at Charleston, South Carolina. He escaped after a week’s confinement and rejoined his regiment after a brief visit home.3

 
1. Pension file S 41441, Black, Martin, US Revolutionary War, Fold3 - Historical Military Records, Publication No. M804, Roll 0252, Images 3 and 4, No. 300022, September 23, 2020; and John U. Rees, ‘They were Good Soldiers’, 147.

2. Pension file S 41441, Black, Martin, US Revolutionary War, Fold3 - Historical Military Records, Publication No. M804, Roll 0252, Images 3 and 4, No. 300022, September 23, 2020; and John U. Rees, ‘They were Good Soldiers’, 147.

3. Pension file S 41441, Black, Martin, US Revolutionary War, Fold3 - Historical Military Records, Publication No. M804, Roll 0252, Images 3 and 4, No. 300022, September 23, 2020; and John U. Rees, ‘They were Good Soldiers’, 147.

Last updated: December 16, 2020

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