A Stolen Life : Searching for Richard Pierpoint by David Meyler, Peter Meyler

By David Meyler, Peter Meyler

Richard Pierpoint or Captain Dick, as he used to be more often than not recognized, emerges from the shadows of background in A Stolen lifestyles: trying to find Richard Pierpoint. An African warrior who was once captured at approximately age sixteen, Pierpoint lived his ultimate years in exile. From his delivery in Bundu (now a part of Senegal) round 1744 till his dying in rural Ontario in 1837, Pierpoint’s lifestyles permits us to glimpse the job of an African taken with many of the world’s nice occasions.

"We are indebted to the authors for respiring lifestyles into this guy, who notwithstanding taken from his domestic early in his existence nonetheless was once capable of make an important contribution to the early historical past of higher Canada. He fought, farmed and have become an incredible to the Black neighborhood. We thanks for an excellent tale of this usually forgotten phase of Canadian history."

— Wilma Morrison, Norval Johnson history Library, Niagara Falls

"Everybody understands in regards to the Underground Railroad and the good many Black souls who emigrated to Canada through this direction, yet only a few humans understand the courageous Black women and men who placed their lives at the line in defence of this country."

— Ivor Christopher, Re-enactor, Runchey’s corporation of colored Men

"A well-researched and hugely readable chronicle of Richard Pierpoint’s existence in Africa and North the United States — as a slave, a soldier, and as a pioneer in top Canada’s desert. … a extremely important contribution to Canadian Black history."

— Linda Brown-Kubisch, writer, Missouri

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Butler was soon given further permission to raise an additional seven companies after the first was completely mustered and equipped ready for service, to form a full battalion of eight companies. With the loss of the Mohawk Valley to the American Patriots, the Rangers were to be based at Fort Niagara, which was also the garrison of the 8th Foot, a regular British army regiment, plus units of engineers and artillery. Detachments of the 8th at times participated in 56 A STOLEN LIFE Ranger raids as well.

Cherry Valley became a rallying cry for the Patriots, and vengeance was demanded. The solution to the Ranger problem was Sullivan's raid of 1779. 58 A STOLEN LIFE General Washington gave Major-General John Sullivan the task of eliminating the Iroquois threat once and for all. Seemingly, the Americans tended to neglect the importance of the Rangers and, instead, focused their effort against the Six Nations, although the ultimate goal of the campaign was the capture of Fort Niagara. Sullivan massed a force of 670 officers and 4445 other ranks at Tioga on the Pennsylvania frontier.

The notice reads: "Sunbury, Northumberland County, March 4. Was committed to my custody the 23 of October last, on suspicion of designing to go to the enemy, or being runaway slaves, two Negro Men; one named James Hays, say he drove a team in the Continental service for William Stull, living at the Head of Elk; the other named Richard Pierpoint, says he also drove a team in the Continental service for Henry Stull, of the same place... Richard Pierpoint is about twenty-six years of age, about five feet three or four inches high, has very large eyes and thick lips, seems fond of strong liquor, but is very civil and bidable.

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