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Henry Tillinghast Sisson
Birth: Aug. 20, 1831
Fall River
Bristol County
Death: Oct. 19, 1910
East Providence
Providence County
Rhode Island

Civil War Union Army Officer. Entered Civil War service only weeks after the Confederate firing on Fort Sumter, being commissioned on May 2, 1861 as 1st Lieutenant and Paymaster in Colonel Ambrose Burnside's 1st Rhode Island Detached Militia regiment. During the July 1861 First Bull Run campaign, he was given command of the skirmishers from the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry in Fairfax, Virginia despite his being a militia officer. He served until the unit's enlistment expired in August, and rejoined the Union war effort in April 1862, when he received a commission of Major in the 3rd Rhode Island Volunteer Heavy Artillery. He fought with his regiment in operations in South Carolina, taking part in the Union defeat at the July 1862 Battle of Secessionville, South Carolina. On August 6, 1862 he resigned his commission for the purpose of recruiting a new regiment from Rhode Island, which turned out to be the 5th Rhode Island Volunteer Heavy Artillery. Commissioned its Colonel and commander in November 1862, he led his men in the occupation of New Bern, North Carolina, commanding Fort Totten there. At the end of March 1863 Confederates under Lieutenant General Daniel H. Hill had surrounded the nearby town of Washington, North Carolina, which was defended by two Union regiments and a handful of other soldiers, as well as Union North Carolina Department commander Major General John G. Foster. For two weeks the rebels laid siege to the town, shelling it with artillery, and occasionally demanding it's surrender, which General Foster rejected every time. Colonel Sisson and his men joined in the Union efforts to raise the siege, but to take part he had to argue with his superior, Brigadier General Innis Palmer, who discouraged his action. Despite this, he led his men, who all volunteers to go, as the traveling his ships, exposed to the enemy fire. Their arrival on the scene helped break the siege, which was lifted on April 15, 1863 when the rebels were maneuvered out of their works and withdrew. He continued to lead his men until October 5, 1864, when he received a medical discharge for severe illness he contracted while in the field (the command going to Lieutenant Colonel George Washington Tew). Becoming a prominent manufacture in Rhode Island after the war, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1875 to 1877. He was the driving force for the erection of the Rhode Island Monument that now stands in the New Bern National Cemetery in New Bern, North Carolina. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
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  Nettie Walworth Sisson (1845 - 1868)*
  Josephine Emily Brownell Sisson (1851 - 1902)*
  Henry Tillinghast Sisson (1876 - 1900)*
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Union Cemetery
Little Compton
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Jun 30, 2004
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Henry Tillinghast Sisson
Added by: Russ Dodge
Henry Tillinghast Sisson
Added by: Russ Dodge
Henry Tillinghast Sisson
Added by: Russ Dodge
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Thank you, sir for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
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