Colonel Tye was a slave of African descent who fought as a black loyalist during the American Revolutionary War.
Upon hearing Lord Dunmore’s Emancipation Proclamation on November 7, 1775 Titus self-emancipated and joined the loyalist cause. He ran successful raids throughout Staten Island and surrounding New Jersey towns before receiving a musket ball in his wrist. He contracted gangrene and died from his wound.
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