James Armistead Lafayette

 
 

FOOTNOTES FROM THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOLS) & ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE

1 Slave from Virginia, served in the continental Army and was given his freedom after the war (VS.5b)

 

Patriot spy

James Armistead Lafayette was a slave from Virginia.  He volunteered to join the continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  He acted like a slave in the British camp, but he was really a spy and shared their secret plans with the Patriots.  The information he provided helped the Americans win the war at Yorktown.  Later he was given his freedom and became a farmer in Virginia.1