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My name is Rachel, and I'm a teenage geek from Virginia who is far too obsessed with the American Revolution and likes things she probably should grown out of years ago. I also need to revamp my blog and get a half-decent theme.

Jan 16
Guys I don’t think we talk about James Armistead Lafayette enough. Like seriously this guy deserves all the awards and I can’t believe a movie hasn’t been made about him. 
This guy, at age 21, got permission to leave his master’s plantation to join the Continental Army and fight in the American Revolution. The Marquis de Lafayette was impressed by his memory, so he sent him to spy on the camps of Benedict Arnold and General Cornwallis. He joined the British posing as a simple servant. He used the white generals’ racism against them, because they never noticed nor thought about the black server standing near when they worked out plans. 
Turns out, he was so damn good at his job that the British asked him to spy on the Americans. He became a double agent, giving the British fake information and Lafayette real information. Not just any information, mind you, but information that was vital to the victory at Yorktown. Only Armistead, of all the spies that were sent to Cornwallis, was able to get it. And through it all, ol’ Corny didn’t have a clue until he entered the revolutionaries’ headquarters only to see him standing next to Lafayette like the badass he was.
Unfortunately, because Virginia can be a load of dicks sometimes, after the war he was sent right back in to slavery. The Act of 1783 that freed slave soldiers was deemed not to apply to him because he was a spy. Well, when Lafayette heard of that, he had a very appropriate reaction of “What the actual hell, Virginia?” and sent a testimonial to the Virginia legislature in support of Armistead’s emancipation. By 1787, James Armistead was free, and changed his name to James Lafayette out of gratitude. 
This story has a happy ending, at least, because Armistead Lafayette got to spend the rest of his life living peacefully on a farm with his family, eventually complete with a $40 pension for his services. 

Guys I don’t think we talk about James Armistead Lafayette enough. Like seriously this guy deserves all the awards and I can’t believe a movie hasn’t been made about him. 

This guy, at age 21, got permission to leave his master’s plantation to join the Continental Army and fight in the American Revolution. The Marquis de Lafayette was impressed by his memory, so he sent him to spy on the camps of Benedict Arnold and General Cornwallis. He joined the British posing as a simple servant. He used the white generals’ racism against them, because they never noticed nor thought about the black server standing near when they worked out plans. 

Turns out, he was so damn good at his job that the British asked him to spy on the Americans. He became a double agent, giving the British fake information and Lafayette real information. Not just any information, mind you, but information that was vital to the victory at Yorktown. Only Armistead, of all the spies that were sent to Cornwallis, was able to get it. And through it all, ol’ Corny didn’t have a clue until he entered the revolutionaries’ headquarters only to see him standing next to Lafayette like the badass he was.

Unfortunately, because Virginia can be a load of dicks sometimes, after the war he was sent right back in to slavery. The Act of 1783 that freed slave soldiers was deemed not to apply to him because he was a spy. Well, when Lafayette heard of that, he had a very appropriate reaction of “What the actual hell, Virginia?” and sent a testimonial to the Virginia legislature in support of Armistead’s emancipation. By 1787, James Armistead was free, and changed his name to James Lafayette out of gratitude. 

This story has a happy ending, at least, because Armistead Lafayette got to spend the rest of his life living peacefully on a farm with his family, eventually complete with a $40 pension for his services. 


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