Born into freedom in RI or MA. Served in the heroic 1st Rhode Island of the Continental Army and later in the 2nd Rhode Island Consolidated Regiment of the Continental Army (the same unit that Curzon, Isabel and Ruth belong to in Ashes). Slade was at the Battle of Rhode Island, skirmished frequently with Loyalists in the Hudson River Valley, and at the Siege of Yorktown. In his pension application he mentioned suffering from the effects of having his feet frozen during the war.

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