Today in History: In 2002 African Americans Captures British General
African Americans Captures British General Prescott: African Americans continued to serve in the colonial militias, and some, like Prince, an African American man in Lieutenant Colonel Barton’s Rhode island army, showed great daring and bravery.
Early in August 1777, Colonel Barton conceived a plan to capture British Major General Prescott, commander of the Royal Army at Newport, Rhode Island, to effect a trade for a captured American general.
While Colonel Barton received an elegant sword for his exploits, Prince, the actual captor of the general, received nothing. In that sense, Prince was not exceptional. African Americans played a pivotal, decisive role in battles only to have that role forgotten afterwards.