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About Robert Grandchamp

Robert Grandchamp is a twelfth generation Rhode Islander and is widely regarded as the nation’s leading authority on Rhode Island Civil War history. He is the recipient of the Order of St. Barbara from the Rhode Island National Guard, letters of commendation from Governor Lincoln Chafee and Mayor Angel Tavares, as well as the Margaret B. Stillwell Prize from Brown University. Robert earned his MA in American History from Rhode Island College where he studied Rhode Island History under Dr. Stan Lemons. He is the author of nine books including, The Seventh Rhode Island Infantry, Rhody Redlegs, Colonel Edward E. Cross: New Hampshire Fighting Fifth, A Civil War Biography, The Boys of Adams’ Battery G, Rhode Island and the Civil War: Voices from the Ocean State, and the forthcoming A Connecticut Yankee at War: The Life and Letters of George Lee Gaskell. A former National Park Ranger he is an analyst with the government and resides in northern Vermont.
Latest Posts | By Robert Grandchamp
The 103rd Field Artillery on the Western Front in World War I
3 days ago

The 103rd Field Artillery on the Western Front in World War I

While tiny Rhode Island contributed her fair share of men to serve in the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps during World War I, only one organized unit of …
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Rhode Island Militia Battles the Dreaded British Captain James Wallace on Prudence Island
3 weeks ago

Rhode Island Militia Battles the Dreaded British Captain James Wallace on Prudence Island

The American Revolution was fought from Maine to Illinois, hundreds of military encounters occurring in what eventually became the United States of America. Among those events were two skirmishes on …
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“I’m a Good Old Rebel:” Ocean State Confederates
12 months ago

“I’m a Good Old Rebel:” Ocean State Confederates

From 1861 to 1865, nearly 24,000 men served in the Union Army in Rhode Island units during the Civil War, or were credited to Rhode Island; approximately 2,000 of these …
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“I have never heard of him since” – The Case of Scituate’s James A. Matteson
1 year ago

“I have never heard of him since” – The Case of Scituate’s James A. Matteson

In the early morning hours of October 19, 1864 along the banks of Cedar Creek, just south of Middletown, Virginia, a large Confederate army under the command of General Jubal …
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“Died in the Service of his Country:” A New Look at Rhode Island Civil War Death Records
2 years ago

“Died in the Service of his Country:” A New Look at Rhode Island Civil War Death Records

Civil War historians have long been citing that 620,000 American soldiers, North and South, died in the Civil War. In 2012, however, Dr. David Hacker of Binghamton University, using the …
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The Larchmont Disaster Off Block Island, Rhode Island’s Titanic
2 years ago

The Larchmont Disaster Off Block Island, Rhode Island’s Titanic

The Larchmont Disaster, by Joseph and Janice Soares (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2014, $19.99)

 

It has been called the Titanic of Rhode Island, a little remembered disaster that claimed …
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Top 10 Early Rhode Island History Books
3 years ago

Top 10 Early Rhode Island History Books

Rhode Island history books have surrounded me for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Warwick, I remember reading battered copies of such classics as Trumpets in Jericho, …
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