Born into freedom in Northampton, MA. Served in with General John Paterson in various Massachusetts Regiments of the Continental Army for six years and two months. Hull was present at the battles of Saratoga, the winter of Valley Forge, and Battle of Monmouth Courthouse. In 1779 he was reassigned to serve Polish military engineer Tadeusz Kosciuszko, attending him daily and carrying messages between fortifications and headquarters.

With Kosciuszko, Hull participated in nearly every significant battle in the Southern Campaign from 1780 until the end of the war in 1783. He declined Kosciuszko’s invitation to travel to Poland. Their friendship helped shape Kosciuszko’s thinking about abolition and human rights, which he later tried to put into effect in Poland.

After the war, Hull settled in Stockbridge, MA, where he worked alongside, and was a neighbor of, Elizabeth Freedom, once known as Mum Bett.

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