Saul Matthews spied for the Continental Army, during American Revolutionary War. He spied on the British, obtaining valuable information for the revolution. As a result of this, he was given his full freedom from slavery by the Virginia legislature in 1792: “In consideration of many very essential services rendered to this Commonwealth during the late war … full liberty and freedom … as if he was born free.”
== Slavery ==
Saul was a slave of Thomas Mathews. and he was born in Virginia.
== American Revolutionary War ==
In 1781 General Cornwallis and his troops captured Portsmouth, Virginia. Saul Matthews was under the command of Colonel Josiah Parker when several times Parker ordered him to go into British camps and spy on them. He always returned with much success and information. After the war though he was forced back into slavery for about 10 years. In 1792 he successfully petitioned the Virginia General Assembly for freedom again.