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   1787      Americans      James Armistead      Marquis de Lafayette      double-agent      enlisted      farmer      infiltrate      recommendation      runaway      secrets      slave      spy      weapons   
In the Revolutionary War, one of General George Washington’s most effective against the British was an African American named . Armistead was as a patriotic who worked as a “” on behalf of the United States. Pretending to be a slave, Armistead was able to the British defenses and acquire countless important British war which helped turn the tide of the Revolution in favor of the . helped him by writing a letter of for his freedom, which was granted in . In gratitude, Armistead adopted Lafayette’s surname and lived as a in Virginia until his death in 1830.