Colonel Tye


Colonel Tye (c. 1753-1780) was an African-American Loyalist leader who commanded one of the most effective guerilla forces of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Born into slavery, he escaped in 1775 and joined the British cause, leading a Loyalist militia known as the Black Brigade on raids against Patriot militias. He died in September 1780 of wounds sustained during a raid.

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  • 1753 - 1780
    Life of Colonel Tye, a Black Loyalist who led an all-Black militia unit, the Black Brigade, on raids against Patriot militias during the American Revolution.