Records from the American Revolutionary War indicate that at least a few Muslims fought on the American side. Among the recorded names of American soldiers are "Peter Salem","Yusuf ben Ali" and "Bampett Muhamed"
However, Wikipedia appears to say this solely based on their recorded names.As far as I can tell, they seemed to be ex slaves who changed their names to the above after being freed. It is of course quite possible that they were descenedents of Muslim slaves who kept their faith, and therefore chose to retain their real names upon freedom; but Wikipedia doesn't seem to offer any corroborating evidence.
Peter Salem, a freed slave who reputedly shot Major JohnPitcairn during the war, has his own article but it made no mention of his faith. One Google result suggests he was Muslim on account of his chosen surname, which may have been taken from Arabic. I couldn't really find anything of substance on the other two, although their names indicate they did likely have Islamic heritages.
I guess my question is, how reliable an indicator of Muslim faith is having an Arabic or Islamic name in Colonial America?
Or more generally, are there any real evidence of Revolutionary War soldiers practising Islam?