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A Connecticut WAVE at Quonset Point
1 year ago

A Connecticut WAVE at Quonset Point

[From the Editor: This wonderful narrative was one of the results of my requesting readers to put me in touch with surviving World War II veterans or civilians who worked …
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Building the Replicas of Revolutionary War Ships Rose and Providence
1 year ago

Building the Replicas of Revolutionary War Ships Rose and Providence

Here is a brief account of the historical significance of the warships Rose and Providence during the Revolutionary War. Late in 1774, the British sent the 24-gun frigate Rose, under …
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Rhode Island’s Last Civil War Veteran: An Irishman
1 year ago

Rhode Island’s Last Civil War Veteran: An Irishman

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When asked the secret to his longevity, John Henry Riley, II, told his listeners: “Go ahead. Do what you want. But never cross the line of moderation.” [1] Riley certainly …
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Captain Daniel Fones, Colonial Naval Hero
2 years ago

Captain Daniel Fones, Colonial Naval Hero

The name of North Kingstown’s own Captain Daniel Fones might be spoken in the same breath with as Thomas Tew, William Kidd, and Blackbeard. Fones’s skills as a sailor, his …
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French Soldiers Who Died at Newport During the Revolutionary War
2 years ago

French Soldiers Who Died at Newport During the Revolutionary War

Admiral Charles Louis d’Arsac Chevalier de Ternay (1722–1780) is the most renowned Frenchman of the Expédition Particulière to be buried in Newport. His funeral had more pomp and ceremony than …
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A Rhode Islander in the Freedmen’s Bureau
2 years ago

A Rhode Islander in the Freedmen’s Bureau

In the final days of the Civil War, the U.S. Congress established an agency within the War Department that was to have far reaching powers in terms of setting social …
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A German U-Boat in Newport Harbor During World War I
2 years ago

A German U-Boat in Newport Harbor During World War I

Many Rhode Islanders are familiar with the sinking of the German submarine U-853 off Block Island in May of 1945 in the waning days of World War II. But U-boats …
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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 French Soldiers Commemorated at the North Burial Ground in Providence
2 years ago

The French Soldiers Commemorated at the North Burial Ground in Providence

A large granite monument (see fig. 1) in the North Burial Ground in Providence, Rhode Island (at the intersection of North Main Street (Route 1) and Branch Avenue) commemorates the …
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The Prisoner-of-War Camps at Forts Getty and Wetherill in Jamestown:  Reeducating World War II German POWs with the Best of Intentions
3 years ago

The Prisoner-of-War Camps at Forts Getty and Wetherill in Jamestown: Reeducating World War II German POWs with the Best of Intentions

This article focuses on the “top secret” World War II German prisoner of war camps at Forts Getty and Wetherill in Jamestown, Rhode Island. A companion article, “The Top Secret …
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