According to most historians, that man in the 1851 painting is Prince Whipple, an African American slave who is widely known for serving in the U.S. Army during the War for Independence. Prince was sold to William Whipple, one of the influential leaders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire while his cousin was sold to William’s brother, Joseph. Critics doubt that Whipple and Prince were present at the Battle of Trenton, which took place on December 26. Prince Whipple and his owner. Meanwhile, as a reward for his service, Whipple emancipated Prince, but he only gained his freedom seven years later.
Source: The North Africa Journal January 18, 2019 15:56 UTC