BHM 2021 - Peter Salem and Black Patriots True Heroes on Bunker Hill
"In todays climate, the word 'Patriot' is being negatively applied as a code word for 'White Supremist'. I challenge that notion and history has also proven that idea to be false. In the book Freedom on My Mind: A History of African Americans A Black Patriot is defined as a 'Black American who sided with the colonists who opposed British rule during the American Revolutionary War. The term Black Patriots includes, but is not limited to, the 5000 or more African Americans who fought in the Continental Army during the war.' The Martin Luther King Republicans (MLKR) encourage you to learn more about Peter Salem and the others Patriots whose bravery has been seldom told. Also, for the record a Patriot is someone with the feeling of love, devotion, and sense of attachment to a country and alliance with other citizens who share the same sentiment and there is nothing wrong with that And as always, please COMMENT, LIKE, and SHARE. Thank you."- Jimmy Lee Tillman, II founder, and president.
On October 1, 1750, Peter Salem was born to a slave mother in Framingham, Province of Massachusetts Bay. He fought in the American Revolution's opening battles at Lexington and Concord as part of the Minutemen under Captain Simon Edgell. During his five years fighting for America's independence, he also served in Captain Drury's company of Colonel John Nixon's 6th Massachusetts Regiment.
Salem was one of the heroes at one of the most significant revolutionary battles, the Battle of Bunker Hill. A British commander,
Major John Pitcairn, was shot at least a half dozen times in the war. The final shot was a fatal wound to the head. Peter Salem was one of those who struck the Major, and according to some witnesses, he was the one who delivered the fatal blow.
The Battle of Bunker Hill (which took place on Breed's Hill) was a tremendous morale boost for the patriot cause. After being commanded not to fire "until you see the whites of their eyes," the patriots inflicted enormous losses upon the advancing British troops. After being charged three times and running out of ammunition, the patriots have to retreat and give up the British. However, the British got a taste of what they were in for, and the patriots realized that they could go toe-to-toe with the most powerful army on the planet. This was thanks in no small part to Peter Salem and at least a dozen other black patriots at Bunker Hill, including Phillip Abbot, Barzillai Lew, Salem Poor, Titus Coburn, Alexander Ames, Cato Howe.