Jack Sisson

Jack Sisson (c. 1743—1821)[1] was an enslaved African American who sided with the Patriots and served in the First Rhode Island Regiment during the American Revolutionary War. Sisson was one of the key figures in the July 1777 capture of British General Richard Prescott. Sisson was among about forty troops under the command of Colonel William Barton who traversed British controlled waters to sneak up and capture Prescott. Sisson served both as the pilot for one of the boats and also used his head to break down Prescott's door. The mission was accomplished without losses.[2]

Jack Sisson
Birth nameJack Sisson
Bornc. 1743
Allegiance Rhode Island
Service/branch Continental Army
Unit1st Rhode Island Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War


  1. ^ "Jack Sisson". Oxford Reference. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ Quarles, Benjamin (1961). The Negro in the American Revolution (Dec 1, 2012 ed.). UNC Press Books. p. 73. ISBN 9780807838334.