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Elisabeth Sheldon: Her Summers of 1944 and 1945 on Narragansett Bay
6 months ago

Elisabeth Sheldon: Her Summers of 1944 and 1945 on Narragansett Bay

Elisabeth Kellog Sheldon knew she was fortunate. Known as Betty, she enjoyed her privileged upbringing that included attending private boarding schools and a private college. Now here she was …
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From Slaves to Soldiers Book Review by Christian McBurney
6 months ago

From Slaves to Soldiers
Book Review by Christian McBurney

From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution, by Robert Geake (Westholme, 2016)

Author Robert A. Geake, an established author of early Rhode Island history …
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British and Hessian Forces Occupy Newport and Aquidneck Island in 1776
8 months ago

British and Hessian Forces Occupy Newport and Aquidneck Island in 1776

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Just more than two hundred and forty years ago, British, Hessian and Loyalist forces landed and occupied Aquidneck Island, beginning a nearly three-year occupation with devastating consequences for Newport and …
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Identifying the French Landing Site in Newport
10 months ago

Identifying the French Landing Site in Newport

Most of the diaries (see bibliography) that record the arrival and landing of the French troops at Newport, Rhode Island, describe the mechanics of the landing. None of them indicate …
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“Citizen” James Varnum and His Fight for the Veterans of the Revolutionary War
11 months ago

“Citizen” James Varnum and His Fight for the Veterans of the Revolutionary War

In the glory of victory, within the early histories of the American republic, only a handful of heroes were chosen for public adulation and heroic mention. One of these heroes …
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Pearl Harbor Attack Panics Rhode Islanders
12 months ago

Pearl Harbor Attack Panics Rhode Islanders

[This article commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and will appear as Chapter 1 in an upcoming book by five smallstatebighistory authors titled World War II …
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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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The Naval Training Station at Newport: A Place in U.S. Naval History
1 year ago

The Naval Training Station at Newport: A Place in U.S. Naval History

Many think that the acquisition of Coasters Harbor Island in Newport by the United States Navy, for use as a naval training station, was a simple, linear process that arose …
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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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A French Officer Seeks to Rebuild Aquidneck Island’s Revolutionary War Fortifications
1 year ago

A French Officer Seeks to Rebuild Aquidneck Island’s Revolutionary War Fortifications

Rhode Island’s fortifications were in a state of disrepair by the end of the Revolutionary War. The Rhode Island Assembly ordered, in October 1784, that the works on Goat Island …
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