When guns were fired at Lexington and Concord in 1775, it was a shot heard around the world, and it launched the American colonies into the fierce and bloody Revolutionary War. However, in all the numerous accounts of this brutal struggle, the names of the thousands of black patriots and soldiers who joined in the battle have remained for the most part unspoken.<br /> Few people know that Peter Salem and Cuff Whitemore stood at Lexington and Concord, or that Lemuel Haynes and Barzillai Lew fought with Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, or that James Armistead spied for Lafayette. Yet, these men and many other brave black soldiers were an integral part of the fight for independence.<br /> Over 5,000 black men, some slaves, some free, enlisted in the Continental Army. From the first shots fired to the surrender of the British army at Yorktown, these men risked their lives to help gain freedom for a country that enslaved and oppressed them and their brothers and sisters. In his meticulously researched and riveting account, Clinton Cox tells one of the most remarkable and moving stories in American history.