NY battlefield program focuses on black soldiers

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) – An upstate New York national park is hosting an event that tells the story of the hundreds of black soldiers who fought at one of the Revoluntionary War's most important battles.

A two-hour program titled “Men of African Descent at the Battle of Saratoga” is being offered Sunday afternoon at Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater, 20 miles north of Albany.

The free program is part of the park's monthlong exhibit on Agrippa Hull, a black soldier from Stockbridge, Mass. He was among the more than 400 black soldiers who fought on the American side at Saratoga. About the same number fought for the British, who surrendered in October 1777 after the second of two Saratoga battles.

The Continental Army was racially integrated, a situation that didn't occur again in the U.S. military until the Korean War.

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